Almost half of cancer patients receive radiotherapy as part of their treatment plan. It is used alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy (chemoradiotherapy) to try to cure cancers. It is carried out externally or internally, and temporarily damages the body’s cells and tissues as it kills cancer cells.
Common side effects include pain, fatigue, sore skin and hair loss. You may also suffer from claustrophobia as a result of being inside a machine to receive the radiotherapy. If you need to have radiotherapy on your throat, you may need to wear an eye mask to protect your eyes, which may cause you to feel scared or claustrophobic.
How can I help?
Once again using psychotherapeutic techniques such as hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Brain Working Recursive Therapy, I can help you to develop coping strategies that relieve fear, pain and other negative experiences. We can work together to relieve symptoms and side effects so that you don’t fear similar events in the future.