NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016
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
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
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 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.