Radiotherapy: Limbs

Information for Radiotherapy Patients: Limbs
The information in this guide is designed to explain what your treatment will consist of and the most common side effects of the treatment. Your doctors and nurses in the Radio Therapy Department will give you further information. Please feel free to ask all the questions you need to.

Special instructions for during radiotherapy

  • The reactions of the skin to radiotherapy usually become apparent four weeks after treatment. The most common are: reddening, irritation, peeling, ulceration, change in color, thickening and loss of hair.
  • Although you can wash normally, it is important not to erase the marks made by the radiographer on your skin - do not bathe or swim during treatment.
  • Do not use lotions, oils or creams on the area treated as they tend to irritate the skin more.
  • Use cotton clothing to allow the skin to breathe.
  • The soft tissue and/or joints may become inflammed causing sensitivity, painful swelling and difficulty of movement. Consult you doctors or nurse about exercises you can do to help.

Instructions for after radiotherapy

When you complete the radiotherapy treatment, it is important to follow these instructions.

  • Protect treated areas from direct sunlight. Use a factor 40+ sun cream.
  • Continue to do the exercises recommended during treatment.

Consult your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or problems during or after your treatment.