Supportive Care in Radiotherapy


  • Sara Faithfull, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, RGN, Onc Cert, ILTM, Lecturer in Cancer Care, The Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, Institute of Cancer Research Sutton, Surrey, UK
  • Mary Wells, BSc(HONS), MSc, RGN, OncCert, Clinical Research Fellow, Dundee Teaching Hospital, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

This book looks at the often debilitating consequences for individuals undergoing radiation therapy and the associated problems for health care professionals that provide clinical and supportive care. Coverage includes physical aspects of treatment in terms of toxicity, issues related to assessment and clinical management, the organizational context of care, multi-professional issues, quality assurance, and the impact of treatment from a physical and psychosocial perspective. Also features critical reviews of current research findings and identifies future directions for clinical research and development.
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Book information

  • Published: February 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-06486-9

Table of Contents

The context of radiotherapy care. Challenges to radiotherapy today. The treatment trajectory. After treatment is over. The radiobiological basis of radiation side effects. Assessing the impact of radiotherapy Fatigue with radiotherapy. Radiation skin reactions. Pain and breathing problemsOropharyngeal effects of radiotherapy. The effects of radiotherapy on nutritional status. Urinary symptoms and radiotherapy. Gastrointestinal effects of radiotherapy. Late toxicity: neurological and brachial plexus injury. Lymphoedema. Sexuality and fertility . Body image.Late toxicity: bone problems. Other late effects. The future of supportive care in radiotherapy. Index.