Radiotherapy




  • Draws upon the two types of radiotherapy for gynaecological cancers; External radiotherapy and Brachytherapy
  • Describes the acute and late effects of radiotherapy
  • Discusses the symptom experience of women receiving radiotherapy for gynaecological cancer including nausea and anorexia, as well as skin reactions and bowel symptoms
  • Provides dietary advice for the avoidance of bowel symptoms associated with radiotherapy

Radiotherapy plays a major role in the treatment of gynaecological cancers. It can be administered to cure, to limit the growth of a cancer or to palliate troublesome symptoms. This chapter discusses radiotherapy for gynaecological cancers and focuses on the doses of radiotherapy, its types and the acute and late effects of it. It also addresses the female experiences of radiotherapy and the symptoms encountered.


Contents include

  • Radiotherapy doses
  • Types of radiotherapy
    • External radiotherapy
    • Brachytherapy
    • LDR brachytherapy
  • Acute and late effects of radiotherapy
    • Acute effects
    • Late effects
    • Factors affecting radiotherapy side-effects
  • Women's experiences of radiotherapy
    • Preconceived ideas and anxieties
    • External radiotherapy
    • LDR brachytherapy
    • HDR brachytherapy
  • Symptom experience
    • General
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea and anorexia
    • Skin reactions
    • Lymphoedema
    • Bowel symptoms
    • Urinary symptoms
    • Effects on reproductive organs
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Author / Editor Biographies

Karima Velji is a registered nurse with a master's degree in nursing. She is an advanced oncology certified nurse (AOCN) and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto (Canada). Karima is vice-president of professional practice and Chief Nursing Executive of Toronto Rehabilitation - Canada's largest academic hospital specialising in adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care. She has cross appointments to the Faculties of Nursing at the University of Toronto and to McMaster University. Karima's funded research programs focus on symptom management and quality o...

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