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Radiation Side Effects

Overview
Cardiotoxicity
Fibrosis
Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Radiation Pneumonitis
Radiation Recall
Nutrition Problems/Weight Loss
Radioprotectants

Overview

Radiation Therapy to the Chest (Michele's Place)
Hints from a radiation therapist on how to manage some of the side effects of radiation to the chest.



Cardiotoxicity

Radiation-Induced Cardiotoxicity - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)



Fibrosis

Radiation-induced Fibrosis - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)



Hair Loss (Alopecia)

 



Radiation Pneumonitis

Treatment for Radiation Pneumonitis (Medscape)
Explains radiation pneumonitis: how it occurs, its symptoms and possible treatments. Aimed at physicians. Registration required for free access to Medscape. [1/03]

Radiation Pneumonitis - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)



Radiation Recall

Radiation Recall Phenomenon (OncoLink)
Describes radiation recall, acute radiation reactions that may recur when chemotherapy is given after the radiation. Skin reactions, gastrointestinal and urinary reactions, as well as radiation pneumonitis have been reported in association with this phenomenon. Lists the chemotherapy agents associated with radiation recall. [11/01]

Radiation Recall - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)



Weight Loss

Megestrol Maintains Weight, Appetite in Cancer Patients (Doctor's Guide)
Reports study results presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) that found patients with both lung cancer and head and neck cancer may find it easier to keep up their appetite and strength during radiation therapy with prophylactic doses of megestrol acetate. [10/00]



Radioprotectants

Pulmonary Toxicity Associated with the Treatment of NSCLC and the Effects of Cytoprotective Strategies (PubMed)
Review article published in the April 2005 issue of Seminars in Oncology discusses the use of cytoprotective agents, including amifostine, to reduce treatment-related toxicity. [4/05]

Amifostine - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts


 

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