This pamphlets provides information for patients receiving radiation therapy to the pelvis. Answers common questions like: what will happen during your treatment, how long are the treatments, and what are the possible side effects of radiation therapy.
Cancer may be treated with a combination of treatments, radiation therapy is used to shrink cancer and lower the chance of it returning. This pamphlets describes how to prepare for the appointments, what will happen during your treatment, how long the treatments will take, and the possible side effects with coping strategies such as changing eating habits. The pamphlet describes the supports available to you and questions to ask your health care team.
Diarrhea is a common side effect when radiation treatment is given to the pelvis. This pamphlet describes why and when someone may have diarrhea and how to treat it. It includes details on diet changes that may be helpful.
This Nova Scotia resource provides some examples of dilators and lubricants that can be used for vaginal dilation after pelvic radiation. Please refer to the booklet “Use of Vaginal Dilators Following Radiation Therapy to the Pelvis” for more information. Examples of sets of dilators, individual dilators, and vaginal lubricants are given. Contact information for further questions is included.
This pamphlet outlines why having full bladder is beneficial for cancer treatments and provides instruction on how to make sure you have a full bladder for every appointment.
This booklet is for people with vaginas who are going to have, or who have had, any type of radiation to the pelvis. This booklet explains how pelvic radiation affects the vagina, side effects of radiation to the vagina, and the importance of dilating.