Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) use high-energy x-rays, or other types of radiation, to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing.

For women being treated for vaginal cancer, the radiation can be delivered in two way: (1) external radiation is directed at the entire abdomen or just the pelvis, depending on the location of the cancer; and (2) during internal radiation (brachytherapy) radioactive devices are placed in the vagina or surrounding tissue for a specified period of time.

The extent of the cancer dictates which or both of these delivery systems are used and in what order.

Side Effects of Radiation
The side effects of radiation therapy depend on the dose used and the part of the body being treated. Common side effects include:

  • Dry, reddened skin in the treated area
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Narrowing of the vagina
  • Anemia

Most of these side effects are temporary. Be sure to talk with your treatment team members about any side effects you experience. They can help you find ways to manage them.

Spotlight

CURE® Magazine Teams Up with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in Advocacy Spotlight Partnership Program. Read more

Awareness

Read this NY Times piece featuring Nt’l Race Host Committee member Megan Neforos: click here

Research

The 2015-2016 Research Grants and Awards will be announced in Summer, 2015. For more information, click here.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course is Sept. 12 in Duarte, Calif. For more information, click here.