Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Side effects more than just loss of taste

Here are links to more information on what side effects a person facing head and neck radiation therapy might experience. Please remember that each person will react differently than what I have described here due to their individual treatment protocol. My family doctor reminded me today that the loss of taste falls into the "nuisance" category of side effects - there are more serious side effects, some long term, that I know I need to be aware of and watch for in the months and years ahead. I know I have a good 5 years ahead of me, though, and I really hope they will be filled with good tastes (selfish grin!). Of course, always best when shared with friends and family!

From the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's "RT Answers" site:
Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer http://www.rtanswers.org/treatment/disease/head_neck.htm .

From the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research site: Head and Neck Radiation Treatment and Your Mouth
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/HealthInformation/DiseasesAndConditions/
CancerTreatmentAndOralHealth/
HeadandNeckRadiationTreatmentandYourMouth.htm
.

From the American Cancer Society's site: Radiation Therapy Effects http://www.cancer.org/docroot/
MBC/MBC_2x_RadiationEffects.asp?sitearea=MBC
.

From the National Cancer Institute site: Radiation Therapy and You: A Guide to Self-Help During Cancer Treatment http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/radiation-therapy-and-you/page5 .

From the American College of Radiology/Radiology Society of North America's "RadiologyInfo" site: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=hdneck&bhcp=1.

From the HealthCastle.com site: Radiation Side Effects http://www.healthcastle.com/se_radiation.shtml .

And please remember to call your local library for help in locating other information for your condition. They will help you find credible information that you can take to your health care providers and discuss how it could pertain to you and your treatment issues.

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