How to Prepare for Radiation Therapy

Tips for getting back to a normal life after cancer treatment.

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for many types of cancer, including breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and skin cancer. While it can be an essential treatment in the fight against cancer, there are several ways that patients can prepare for radiation therapy side effects. With the right preparation and planning, side effects such as radiation dermatitis can be effectively managed. We have included a few tips to help patients get back to living a normal life after cancer treatment.

Tip 1: Have a Stretching Routine

Discussing gentle stretches and exercises with your doctor is an excellent way to prepare for radiation therapy because radiation therapy can make muscles, ligaments, and skin feel stiff and tight. This stiffness and tightness can be painful, change your posture, and even affect your joints. A daily stretching routine is an effective way to alleviate stiffness and maintain flexibility so that your quality of life does not suffer.

Tip 2: Stay Hydrated

Radiation therapy may cause dehydration, so it is important to drink a lot of fluids. Consider ways to make water and other hydrating beverages readily available, such as carrying a refillable water bottle or keeping flavored waters or herbal teas at home. Additionally, adding fruits and vegetables to meals can help because they typically have high water content.

Tip 3: Wear Loose-Fitting, Comfortable Clothes

Another excellent way to prepare for radiation therapy is by finding loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to wear during appointments. Tight or restrictive clothing can rub against your skin and irritate the radiation site. There are even some stylish options available from Radiant Wrap that might brighten your day.

Tip 4: Ask Your Doctor About KeraStat® Cream

Our top tip on how to prepare for radiation therapy is to ask your doctor about KeraStat® Cream, an FDA-cleared prescription to manage the redness, itching, and other painful and irritating symptoms of radiation dermatitis. Do not settle for an over-the-counter medication. Over-the-counter medications are not proven to be effective at managing radiation dermatitis. On top of that, they will leave you feeling oily and may even stain your clothes! You have options – ask your doctor about KeraStat Cream before your first radiation therapy appointment.

These tips will help you prepare for radiation therapy. Each tip is a way to help you maintain a better quality of life during cancer treatment so that you can get back to your life after cancer. Keep in mind that everyone’s experience with cancer and radiation therapy is unique, so it is important to discuss these tips with your doctor and develop a treatment plan specifically for your medical needs. If you have any questions or need further guidance on preparing for radiation therapy, contact your healthcare provider.