Radiotherapy is a type of cancer treatment. High-energy rays, similar to that of an X-Ray, are pointed directly to the location of the tumour where the energy rays emit their beam to kill cancer cells. It can be used to shrink tumours, and remove tumours (curative), to help with side effects such as pain, and reduce the chances of cancer cells returning.
Radiotherapy can be given externally (external beam radiotherapy), or internationally (brachytherapy).
Patients having external radiotherapy will usually experience side effects relating to where the radiation was delivered. However as the skin is usually in the range of field, dry, red, burning skin is often a side effect people develop. Gifts that people having radiotherapy may find helpful will revolve around reducing symptoms of their dry skin. Skin care products, cooling pillows, and bamboo fabric clothes and sheets are very useful to help combat these side effects.
Patients having radiotherapy can also experience nausea. So products such as ginger, or anti-nausea sick bands are very well received, as have been known to manage the symptom of radiotherapy related nausea.