Managing Side-Effects in Radiotherapy with Regard to the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • L. Franzén
  • U. Hellsing
  • R. Henriksson
  • B. Littbrand
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 108)

Abstract

Radiation treatment of neoplasms in the gastrointestinal tract is associated with a high frequency of side-effects. In the upper gastrointestinal tract the direct effect of irradiation is erythema, plaque formation, and in severe cases ulceration and bleeding [2]. The injuries are aggravated by the radiation damage to salivary glands and by the secondary decreased salivary flow [4, 8]. The altered salivation is also followed by dental caries. It is obvious that the patients suffer from discomfort in speaking, mastication, and swallowing.

Keywords

Placebo Sucrose Hydroxide Diarrhea Sucralfate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Franzén
    • 1
  • U. Hellsing
    • 1
  • R. Henriksson
    • 1
  • B. Littbrand
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologyUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden

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