Colo-rectal Cancer Management - Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to destroy
There are two types of radiation therapy.
- External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer
- Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer
The type of radiation therapy given depends on the stage of the cancer being treated.
The side effects of Radiation therapy are:
- Hair Loss
- Skin or Rectal irritation
- Sexual problems
- Burning micturition