The following list outlines common acute radiation toxicities associated with specific treatment sites:69
|Site||Common acute physical effects|
|Head and neck||
|Chest and lung||
|Abdomen and pelvis||
Explain why some tissues are more prone to radiation effects than others.
Discuss similarities and differences in the management of nausea and vomiting associated with radiotherapy from that associated with chemotherapy.
Managing acute treatment related effects
Individuals receiving radiation treatment often have multiple and complex care requirements and supportive interventions are required to maximise well-being and quality of life. Common effects specifically associated with radiotherapy include:
- radiation enteritis
- radiation skin reactions
- sexual dysfunction