Radiation treatment helps to treat prostate cancer in men. In females, it is used for the treatment of cancer in cervical, womb, vagina, and primary sex organs.
Steps to take before the surgery
The preparation for radiation treatment begins with an X-ray test. Through the X-ray machine or CT scan, the doctor will map the area for accurate clinical assessment. Radiation therapists will note the exact area for the radiation treatment. Marks will be made in the assessed area. These marks are temporary and can be washed later; however, sometimes the marks can be permanent too.
What happens during the treatment?
You will be asked to lie down on a treatment table or couch. Radiation treatment is generally given in the area between the naval and upper portion of the thigh. Depending upon the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, the radiation treatment will be executed. Each dose is given in measured portions, using an internal or external type of radiation therapy. It can also be done in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, depending upon the exact nature of treatment.
After the procedure
After the treatment, you will need to take care of the area treated by radiation. Be gentle with the skin in the treatment area until all signs of irritation are gone. You may also need extra rest while your healthy tissues rebuild and heal. You may need to limit your activities to save energy and not try to go back to a full schedule right away.