- How do I prepare for my first radiation treatment?
- Can you wear a bra during radiation?
- Can I drive myself to radiation therapy?
- What foods taste good during radiation?
- What can you not do during radiation treatment?
- What can I expect after my first radiation treatment?
- Do you wear clothes during radiation treatment?
- What does radiation feel like?
- Does radiation lower your immune system?
- What can you eat during radiation therapy?
- Can you eat before radiation treatment?
How do I prepare for my first radiation treatment?
Preparing for radiation therapyFind out about quitting.
If you smoke, try to quit or cut down before radiation therapy starts as smoking may make the treatment less effective and side effects worse.
Explore ways to relax.
Organise help at home.
Mention metal implants.
Ask about travel assistance.
Discuss your concerns.
Can you wear a bra during radiation?
Opt for soft bras with wide straps: if you are undergoing upper body radiation, you may find your bras to be uncomfortable during radiation. Bras with wide straps and no underwire won’t dig into or rub against your skin and breathable fabrics will allow for optimal comfort.
Can I drive myself to radiation therapy?
Almost all patients are able to drive while receiving radiotherapy treatment. However, with some types of cancer, driving may NOT be recommended due to fatigue or strong pain medication. Your physician will be able to address your specific case.
What foods taste good during radiation?
Many foods, including meat and poultry, taste better if they are served cold or at room temperature instead of hot. Eggs often taste good when the taste for meat is lost. Fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta dishes, and milk products are often well tolerated. Fruit sorbet, sherbet, and fruit smoothies usually taste good.
What can you not do during radiation treatment?
Foods to avoid or reduce during radiation therapy include sodium (salt), added sugars, solid (saturated) fats, and an excess of alcohol. Some salt is needed in all diets. Your doctor or dietitian can recommend how much salt you should consume based on your medical history.
What can I expect after my first radiation treatment?
Most people start to feel tired after a few weeks of radiation therapy. This happens because radiation treatments destroy some healthy cells as well as the cancer cells. Fatigue usually gets worse as treatment goes on. Stress from being sick and daily trips for treatment can make fatigue worse.
Do you wear clothes during radiation treatment?
Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing in the area being treated. Do not wear tight clothing that will rub against your skin. Use only the moisturizers, creams, or lotions that are recommended by your doctor or nurse.
What does radiation feel like?
The severity of the symptoms and illness depends upon the type and amount of radiation, length of exposure and the part of the body exposed. Initial symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache and diarrhoea. These symptoms can start within minutes or days after the exposure.
Does radiation lower your immune system?
Radiation therapy can potentially affect your immune system, especially if a significant amount of bone marrow is being irradiated because of its role in creating white blood cells. However, this doesn’t typically suppress the immune system enough to make you more susceptible to infections.
What can you eat during radiation therapy?
Major Food Groups to Eat During Radiation TherapyFruits.Starchy Vegetables.Whole Grains.Yogurt.
Can you eat before radiation treatment?
If queasy feeling after radiation, try not eating for a few hours before treatment and a few hours after. Eat six small meals a day, rather than three larger meals. Avoid greasy, fried, fatty or spicy foods. Drink and eat beverages and foods when they are at or below room temperature.