Title

Radiotherapy in Palliative Medicine

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

524

Comments

This article was originally published as: Chan, V. (2002). Radiotherapy in palliative medicine. The Hong Kong Practitioner 24(9), 436-443. Original article available here.

Abstract

Family doctors should know the indications of palliative radiotherapy in order to refer appropriately. They must answer questions about side effects and manage them when the patient is back in the community. In palliative care, radiotherapy can curtail growth or even shrink the tumour temporarily bringing about relief of pain and other symptoms. It is indicated for spinal cord compression, cerebral metastases, superior vena cava obstruction, bone metastases and pathological fracture; for control of haemorrhage, fungation and ulceration as well as relief of obstruction of ducts, hollow viscera, blood and lymphatic vessels. Management of the common acute side effects are discussed. The patients usually do not live long enough for late side effects to occur.

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