Complications and rehabilitation after radiotherapy

 Radiation therapy

In identifying cancer the most effective means of treatment is considered to be radiation therapy, which helps stop the growth of malignant tumors. Basically oncologists use this type of therapy as an independent method, but in some cases, radiation therapy combined with surgery.

In practice, more than half of all patients diagnosed with the dreaded "cancer" are subjected to the therapeutic effect. This method of treatment makes a forced thousands of people. Unfortunately, for all its effectiveness this treatment method can not be called safe for human health. Therefore, people exposed to this test, care they can expect after radiotherapy.

One of the negative effects of the treatment procedure is that the radiation is exposed not only to malignant tumor and adjacent thereto tissues and organs. As a result, they may develop the so-called radiation damage. The most common skin lesions located above the new formation, who are exposed to radiation. Begin irreversible processes in the body, accompanied by increased production of skin pigment atrophy, thinning of the skin. The most common consequences are hypertrophic or atrophic dermatitis.

After radiotherapy the skin is easily injured, it becomes vulnerable. Inflammatory process begins, gradually turning into serious complications Esophagitis, exudative epidermis, perichondrium, pneumonitis. Such complications can occur even during the course of the therapeutic effects, and may show up after half a year after undergoing therapy. Sometimes radiation burns are alone. If it does not, then it is recommended to facilitate the status process the skin liniment aloe, sea buckthorn oil, balsam Shostakovskiy or other medicines similar purpose.

In some cases, late complications occur in the mucosa of bodies surrounding the place of impact of the rays. An example is the mouth, rectum, esophagus. Radiation therapy for cervical cancer often provokes rektita or cystitis. After radiation therapy may develop a bone necrosis, atrophy of the internal organs, inflammation of the periosteum, radiation ulcers. By the way, radiation ulcers heal extremely difficult, and sometimes even require surgery.

Also, the therapeutic radiation treatment significantly affects the overall health of the patient, who lost appetite, suffer vomiting, changes the composition of the blood. Subject to the rules of maintaining the body in this difficult period of unfavorable feelings are, however, a violation of developing blood can be preserved.

It should be noted that the equipment for radiation therapy minimizes potential complications. During rehabilitation, it is important to periodically check the results of the treatment, follow the schedule of regular control examination by a specialist doctor. Another reaction to the exposure is increased irritability and depression. We must try to build on positive emotions, set yourself up for optimistic. It is important for the support of loved ones.

With regard to sexual activity, it should be noted that radiotherapy is not particularly affects the area of ‚Äč‚Äčintimate relationships. In most cases emerged decline of interest in this important part of a fulfilling life caused by normal human stress and a weakened physical condition of the patient.

Unfortunately, at present the number of patients in need of radiotherapy significantly increased. But at the same time it increased the number of people who were able to return to normal life, a favorite work. People with a family misfortune like this happens, you must remember that the most responsible and difficult period of rehabilitation: it's the first 2 – 3 years. If after this time the person has recovered, it is inappropriate to abandon the regular checkups, courses restorative and supportive therapy, spa treatment.

The main task of the person in the rehabilitation period, which can be solved only in alliance with the oncologist – is to win the battle for his life. Good luck!