Two to three weeks after your treatment begins, your skin may become red, itchy or irritated. Towards the end of treatment, the skin reaction can become more intense however usually returns to normal four to six weeks after treatment finishes.
Your nurses will show you how to care for your skin and manage any skin reactions. Tell your nurse if you’re worried about a skin reaction or are experiencing any skin changes.
It’s common to have a cough associated with a lung tumour itself, or related to an infection of the lungs. It’s also possible to develop a cough as a side effect of radiation therapy to the chest. Depending on the cause, your doctor may prescribe a cough suppressant, humidified air or other medication to help manage a cough.
Difficulty swallowing is a common reaction when the oesophagus is in the treatment area. As a result of inflammation of the oesophagus, this can feel painful when swallowing or produce a sensation like a lump in the throat. If you experience discomfort or notice any changes, let your care team know as soon as possible. Early measures can control and relieve these symptoms. Our nursing team will monitor your weight, and if required, you may be referred to a dietitian.