Over 1 million cancer patients receive radiotherapy each year in the United States and over 900,000 patients experience medical complications.1,2,3,4  These complications may include:

 

  • Breast Cancer - Skin Damage - Radiodermatitis
  • Lung Cancer - Inflammation and Scarring of the Lungs - Radiation Pneumonitis
  • Head and Neck Cancer - Damage to the Salivary Glands - Xerostomia
  • Colorectal & Prostate Cancer - Damage to the Bowel and Rectum - Entertitis, Proctitis
  • Brain Cancer - Cognitive Decline

 

 

 

1Siegel, Rebecca, et al. “Cancer Statistics, 2016.” CA Cancer J Clin. 66 (2016): 7-30.

2Ryan, Julie. “Ionizing Radiation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. J Invest Dermatol. 132 (2012): 985-993.

3Bray Fleta, et al. “Acute and Chronic Cutaneous Reactions to Ionizing Radiation Therapy.” Dermatol Ther. 6 (2016): 185-206.

4Radvansky, Lauren, et al. “Prevention and management of radiation-induced dermatitis, mucositis and xerostomia.” Am J Health Syst Pharm. 12 (2013): 1025-1032.

 

 

 

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