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Supportive Care in Radiotherapy

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.

Paperback, 418 Pages

Published: February 2003

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06486-9

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.

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