Radiation Therapy 101
, the CE module, featured in the January 2011
issue of American Nurse Today
, will enhance nurses’ ability to care for patients receiving radiation therapy.
During the 20th century, radiation oncology burgeoned from the experimental application of basic X-rays to a specialized high-tech discipline delivering sophisticated cancer treatments. Today, nearly 60% of cancer patients receive radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) aimed at the specific area where the tumor is located. This article provides a basic overview of radiation therapy, including the various radiation types, side effects, nursing interventions, and patient and family teaching.
1.6 contact hours will be awarded to nurses who successfully complete this CNE activity.