- Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families
- What is radiation therapy? When is it used?
- How does radiation therapy work?
- Do the benefits outweigh the risks and side effects?
- How much does radiation treatment cost?
- Who gives radiation treatments?
- Informed consent
- How is radiation therapy given?
- External radiation therapy
- Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
- Systemic radiation therapy
- Preventing and managing side effects
- Skin problems
- Hair loss
- Blood count changes
- Eating problems
- How will I feel emotionally?
- Will side effects limit my activity?
- Are there long-term side effects I should be concerned about?
- Managing side effects of treatment to certain parts of the body
- Radiation therapy to the head and neck
- Radiation therapy to the brain
- Radiation therapy to the breast and chest
- Radiation therapy to the stomach and abdomen
- Radiation therapy to the pelvis
- Follow-up care
- To learn more
How will I feel emotionally?
Many patients feel tired during radiation therapy, and this can affect emotions. You also might feel depressed, afraid, angry, frustrated, alone, or helpless.
Getting involved with a support group and meeting other people with cancer may help you. Ask your doctor or call the American Cancer Society for more information about ways to connect with others who share your problems and concerns.
Last Medical Review: 01/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/24/2013