After the Treatments are Over
This article has been archived.
Please use for reference only.
Gloria Hagopian, RN, EdD
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
Once your treatments are completed, celebrate! Here are a few things to
keep in mind:
- Any side effects you will have at the end of treatment will usually
improve in a few weeks.
- Continue to eat well balanced meals to help speed the healing
- If you have been on a special diet to manage side effects, continue
it until the side effects are gone.
- Continue to be gentle with your skin. Use a mild soap. You can apply
- The skin in the treatment area will be more sensitive than the rest
of your skin. Protect it from injury. Avoid direct sun exposure. Use at
least a #15 sunscreen.
- Your doctor will see you for follow-up visits on a regular basis
once your treatments are finished.
Hypofractionated irradiation found non-inferior to standard radiation in node-negative breast cancer
Feb 11, 2010 - Whole-breast irradiation spread over fewer days (accelerated, hypofractionated radiation) following breast-conserving surgery for cancer appears non-inferior to standard radiation treatment, according to research published in the Feb. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. This adds to a study recently released Online First in The Lancet Oncology, which showed that hypofractionated radiotherapy for breast cancer patients may provide a better quality of life with no evidence of an increase in adverse effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
National Cancer Institute
I Wish You Knew
How cancer patients have changed my life
Blogs and Web Chats
OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.
Facing a new cancer diagnosis or changing the course of your current treatment? Let our cancer nurses help you through!