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Internal Radiation

What To Do And Not Do While You Undergo Radiation

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  • Consider having someone go with you to the planning visit both for emotional support and to help ask questions. Also consider taking a recorder to record the conversation so you can review it later.
  • Do not take vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants or other supplements without first asking your doctor, nurse or dietitian whether it is okay. Some of these substances can be harmful. Some may reduce the effectiveness of the radiation therapy.
  • To the extent possible, avoid scratching the treated area. Scratching can cause infection or soreness.
  • Wear soft, loose clothing that doesn't irritate the treated area.
  • If medical personnel suggest or allow you take vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants or other supplements, do not take more than is recommended without first checking with medical personnel.

If A Breast Will Be Radiated

  • If you need to wear a bra, it is advisable to go to a shop that has a professional fitter. Try on all the bras that could work for you. Consider buying only one of the most comfortable and trying it out for a few days or a week before buying another one. The bra can be washed every night.
  • Ask which deodorants are okay to use, and which aren't.

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