For the first few weeks after radiation therapy, you may experience fatigue or low energy levels. These side effects are common and will go away over time as your body heals. Your doctor will want to see you for regular follow up appointments.
During these appointments, they may:
You will generally need to have fewer follow up appointments over time.
You may also experience side effects after radiation therapy. Your doctor will consult with you about side effects that you may experience for your specific treatment plan.
After radiation therapy, returning to normal life may take some time and patience. Cancer treatment is hard on the body and recovery is a steady process. Your strength and energy levels may not be what they usually are for several weeks or months after treatment.
Radiation Therapy Recovery Tips:
Rehabilitation may be helpful to speed along your recovery and help you return to normal activities. Rehabilitation can also help you cope with symptoms, bodily changes, or cognitive changes. Many rehabilitation specialists provide support for changes in the patient’s life, both emotional and physical.
Common Rehabilitation Specialists Include:
Other rehabilitation specialists may include psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, speech-language pathologists, spiritual care workers, and social workers.
There are many cancer support resources that can help you learn to cope, live well, understand your treatment and symptoms, help you find support groups in your area, and more.
Resources for Patients:
Cancer Association of Anderson: http://www.cancerassociationanderson.org
AnMed Health Cancer Center: http://anmedhealth.org/Services/Cancer-Care
Learn More About Specific Cancers:
Lung Cancer: http://www.lung.org/
Breast Cancer: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/
Prostate Cancer: http://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.5699537/k.BEF4/Home.htm
Head and Neck Cancer: http://www.headandneck.org/
Brain Tumors: http://www.abta.org/