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Late gastrointestinal effects of pelvic radiation: a nurse-led service.

Late gastrointestinal effects of pelvic radiation: a nurse-led service.
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Ludlow H, Green J, Turner J,


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Ludlow H, Green J, Turner J,

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British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing) 26(4) S15-S22 doi 10.12968/bjon.2017.26.4.S15
Abstract

There are currently at least 2 million people in the UK living with and following a cancer diagnosis. Typically four out of every ten people with cancer will receive radiotherapy, but a large proportion of people who have pelvic radiotherapy may go on to develop gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. This includes rectal bleeding and faecal incontinence, which can have a huge impact on quality of life. These problems often go under-reported by patients and are also under-recognised or under-treated by health professionals. Cancer survivorship is a growing topic that is likely to have a major impact on the NHS, with increasing numbers of patients presenting. A late GI effects of pelvic radiotherapy clinic was set up to address these growing needs of patients with GI symptoms following radiotherapy. This article also shares insights from a doctoral study that is underway looking at people’s experiences of living with symptoms following their treatment, in order to improve awareness of the major impact that this can have.

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