Radiation therapy for AML
Also known as radiotherapy, radiation therapy uses targeted radiation to kill or damage leukaemia cells so they cannot grow, multiply or spread. The radiation is usually in the form of x-ray beams.
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Radiation therapy is not often used for AML, but it may be recommended for AML that has spread, or is likely to spread, to the spine and brain. It is also sometimes given to the whole body (total body irradiation) before a stem cell transplant.
These may include:
- skin changes
- nausea (feelign sick)
- fatigue (tiredness)
- hair loss
- a dry mouth.
For more on this, see our general section on Radiation therapy.
It’s taken me a number of years to get my stamina back to where I feel like I’m not constantly lacking energy. That’s something I’ll have to deal with for a while, but at least I’m healthy now.—Kim
Video: What is radiation therapy?
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