Getting through radiotherapy
July 21, 2012 10:09 AM Subscribe
How can we make radiotherapy easier?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (3 answers total)
In a few weeks my mother will start post-surgery radiotherapy on the remnants of a low grade glioma on the surface of her brain. I live in another country (not the US). She is not in America either, and where she lives medical facilities are relatively poor and medical support groups non-existent. She has good care from my family, and we trust her doctors, but living miles away as I do, I want to help however I can.
1. How can my family make the month-long radiotherapy easier for her? It's presently not decided if she'll have intensive bursts or frequent low-intensity doses, so if there is a difference, answers either way would help. My understanding is that they'll probably use a focused single beam of radiation, but this is yet to be fully decided.
2. What useful supplies/ pleasant things can I send her? I was thinking a mild hypoallergenic shampoo, but surely there must be more. She is lactose intolerant, in case that affects recommendations, and cares about looking good.
3. If you or anyone in your family has been through this, are there any web resources you found particularly useful?
4. Any other suggestions or tips from your experience would be great.