Patients undergoing therapy at the Center should feel comfortable talking with their physicians, nurses, or therapist about any questions they may have. Also, educational material is available in waiting areas. Patients may also print out material from this web site and from linked web sites including side effect sheets, special diet sheets and other information.
Side Effects of therapy vary among patients and are site specific. Listed below are the more common body areas treated at the Center and side effect sheets specific to that area. Also, The physicians, nursing and other clinical staff at the Center are available to talk with you in detail about side effects. These sheets are easily printable and are also available at the CHEM Center.
Diet & Nutrition
Nutrition is an important part of your therapy. It is important to follow sound nutrition guidelines, drink plenty of fluids, and maintain your weight.
However, if you are receiving pelvic radiation, it is recommended that you follow a lot fat, low fiber diet. This diet is available at the Center and is also available below.
- low fat/low fiber diet: Pelvis irradiation only
Researching information about cancer
If you want to research cancer information , you need to know the name of the cancer you are researching and the "stage" of the cancer. You can ask your doctor who will be able to give you the name, stage and sometimes the "grade" of the tumor.
There are a number of different types of cancer, and treatment for different types, even in the same organ, can be very different. For instance, searching for just cancer of the lung will result in too broad a result. It's best to have your medical professional give you the exact name of the cancer and the organ it effects. In the case of metastatic cancer, find out the name of the organ where the cancer originally occurred and the area the cancer is now affecting. (Metastatic refers to cancer that has spread to a different area of the body.)
Cancer staging describes if and how far the cancer has spread. It is used to describe most forms of cancer (except cancers that involve the blood, like leukemia). There are two cancer staging systems, and knowing the stage of the cancer is important in understanding the prognosis and typical treatment. Your physician will be able to tell you the cancer stage and also describe what each stage designation means.
For some cancers, knowing the grade is important. The grading refers to how aggressive the cancer cells appear when viewed under a microscope. This information is discovered by the pathologist and will be available in a "path" report.
A prognosis is a general guide or outcome of a cancer stage. But there are many variations among cancers and among individuals. A prognosis is not an infallible prediction. It is wise to discuss information you may have obtained with a medical professional to further clarify your understanding about the subject.