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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016

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Overview of cancer treatments Radiation therapy

Treatment to the head and neck can cause mouth

sores, dry mouth, changes in taste, and a sore throat.

Chest radiation can cause a dry cough or a sensation

of a lump when you swallow. Radiation near your

belly can cause nausea and maybe vomiting, and

when given between your hip bones, diarrhea and

cramps.

Late side effects of radiation may also occur. Again,

the effects depend on the treatment site. Examples

include dry mouth, dental cavities, hypothyroidism;

lung scarring, heart disease, infertility, and second

cancers.

Not all side effects of radiation are listed here.

Please ask your treatment team for a complete list of

common and rare side effects. If a side effect bothers

you, tell your treatment team. There may be ways to

help you feel better. There are also ways to prevent

some side effects.

Supportive care

Supportive care doesn’t aim to treat cancer

but aims to improve quality of life. It is

also called palliative care. It can address

many needs. One example is treatment

for physical and emotional symptoms.

Supportive care can also help with treatment

decisions as you may have more than one

option. It can also help with coordination

of care between health providers. Talk

with your treatment team to plan the best

supportive care for you.