Radiotherapy, also known as radiation therapy, is a common treatment for cancer. It uses high-energy radiation to target and destroy cancer cells. While radiotherapy is effective in killing cancer cells, it can also affect nearby healthy cells, leading to side effects. The specific side effects experienced can vary depending on factors such as the type and location of the cancer being treated, the dosage and duration of the radiation treatment, and individual patient factors. Some common effects of radiotherapy include:
Skin changes: Radiation can cause the skin in the treated area to become red, irritated, and sensitive. It may also lead to dryness, itching, blistering, and peeling of the skin.
Fatigue: Many patients undergoing radiotherapy experience fatigue, which can range from mild to severe and may persist even after treatment ends.
Hair loss: Radiation to the head or neck area can lead to hair loss in the treated area. In some cases, the hair may grow back thinner or in a different texture or color.
Nausea and vomiting: Radiotherapy to certain areas of the body, such as the abdomen or pelvis, may cause nausea and vomiting, especially during or shortly after treatment sessions.
Changes in appetite: Some patients may experience changes in appetite or taste preferences during radiotherapy, which can lead to weight loss or gain.
Mouth and throat problems: Radiation to the head and neck area can cause inflammation and soreness in the mouth and throat, as well as difficulty swallowing and changes in taste.
Fertility issues: Radiation to the reproductive organs can affect fertility in both men and women. In some cases, this effect may be temporary, while in others, it may be permanent.
Long-term effects: In addition to immediate side effects, radiotherapy can also cause long-term complications, such as scarring, fibrosis (thickening and hardening of tissues), and an increased risk of developing other cancers in the future.
My latest client allowed me to publish his cropped picture and testimonial.
When visiting other clients in London, I gave him Reiki four days in a row after his radiation at the hospital.
His skin had already started to show red burn spots, but they disappeared with Reiki. After I left, he stopped Reiki. His skin became completely burnt and he was loosing his hair.
Here is what he had to say:
"Currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a grade 4 brain tumor, I called on Marion for Reiki sessions. Initially very skeptical, I nevertheless felt the benefits from the very first session. First of all, on a scale of 10, my stress level dropped from 10 to 2. I often fell asleep during sessions and woke up with my batteries recharged. Then, I noted the “fire-killing” or "fire-cutting" effect of Reiki. During the period I received Reiki from Marion, the skin on my face was clear and luminous, while I was receiving radiation on my head. When I stopped, my skin was completely burned by the rays. I advise everyone to do Reiki throughout your treatments (don't stop like I did!) and warmly recommend Marion. Her kindness and care will bring you tremendous comfort."
Lawrence T., LONDON
Energy healing practices, such as Reiki, are more and more often recommended by doctors, hospitals and foundations alongside conventional medical treatments like radiotherapy.
Patients usually report less side effects of cancer treatment, comfort or relaxation.
Please always consult with your healthcare team before incorporating any complementary or alternative therapies into your treatment plan.
While complementary therapies like energy healing have extensively proven benefits, they should never replace prescribed medical treatments like radiotherapy.