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Suz01Suz01 Posts: 1

Hi,

My Aunt has been told that she will still have her radiotherapy, but instead of two weeks, it has been condensed into one week. If she receives the same dosage, will she be more tired? Have you heard that the NHS are offering this? Thanks

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  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 546 mod

    @Suz01

    Hi,

    Good morning, and welcome to the community.

    I had not heard of this happening with radiotherapy treatment. Is this due to the coronavirus situation or a new way of administering the radiotherapy? The hospital are the best people to advise you on this. Radiotherapy can be very tiring which is usually cumulative as the treatment goes on.

    I hope that your Aunt does well in her treatment and recovers well.

    Hopefully some of our other members may have heard of this taking place and will get in touch also.

    Lou x

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 71 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    @Suz01

    Hi

    Thanks for your question re radiotherapy.

    The recommendation for radiotherapy during the coronavirus pandemic is that patients receive shorter courses of radiotherapy to avoid too many visits to the hospital.

    You are correct in thinking that the dose per day will be slightly larger than would have been received over three weeks but what we call hyper fractionation is completely routine and safe.

    I wish your aunt well

    best wishes

    Liz 💕

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
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