Radiation treatment for
ovarian cancer uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer
cells and shrink tumors. It's not used very often to treat ovarian cancer.
- External beam radiation comes from a machine outside
the body. The machine aims radiation at the area where the cancer cells are
- Internal radiation uses needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that contain
radioactive materials placed close to the ovaries or inside the body.
Side effects of radiation may include
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain or discomfort when urinating, and bladder
inflammation and scarring. You may also have an increased
risk of infection.
People sometimes use complementary therapies along with medical treatment to help relieve symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments. Some of the complementary therapies that may be helpful include:
These mind-body treatments may help you feel better. They can make it easier to cope with treatment. They also may reduce chronic low back pain, joint pain, headaches, and pain from treatments.
Before you try a complementary therapy, talk to your doctor about the possible value and potential side effects. Let your doctor know if you are already using any of these therapies. They are not meant to take the place of standard medical treatment.