Facts about Pelvic Radiation Disease in the UK
Each year around 20,000 patients are treated by radiotherapy (sometimes in combination with chemotherapy) to the pelvic region because they are diagnosed with cancer. 50% of these patients will experience long term effects many months after the radiotherapy treatment has finished.
20-40% of these patients suffer serious side effects causing severe medical and social problems.
Guidelines are now available for the diagnosis and management of Pelvic Radiation Disease that have been approved by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Upper GI surgeons, the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Royal College of Radiology Faculty of Clinical Oncology.
There is an interesting article in the April 2013 edition of USA based Oncology Nurse Advisor on Pelvic Radiation Disease (reproduced here by Cancer Survivors’ Network).