Aromatherapy was recommended against the side effects of radiotherapy applied in cancer treatment. Phytotherapy and Acupuncture Specialist Dr. Serhat Koran stated that, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the incidence of cancer is increasing all over the world. Exp. Dr. Serhat Koran, “Unhealthy diet, smoking and carcinogenic agents in our environment are the most important reasons for this increase. Cancer prevalence is increasing in our country, and more than 230 thousand new cancer cases have been reported in 2020. With the developing technology, radiotherapy has started to be used frequently in cancer treatment along with chemotherapy. “The cancerous tissue is tried to be reduced with the light given. However, during the radiotherapy, the skin in that area may be adversely affected by this radiotherapy.”


Pointing out that the side effects of radiotherapy may vary depending on the area of ​​the skin applied, Dr. Koran continued as follows:

“Undesirable results such as skin rash, infection, open wounds, bleeding or necrosis may occur. Aromatherapy is an important support for physicians and patients in these undesirable effects. In aromatherapy, the oils of medicinal plants grown in natural environment are used. It is known that it protects the skin against fungal infections and also reduces the absorption of unwanted rays by the skin. Along with all these effects, it has been scientifically shown that aromatherapy prevents and treats skin problems that may occur due to radiotherapy. “


Dr. Koran continued as follows:

“Lavender, tamanu, nioli, calendula and coconut oils are some of the aromatherapy oils used. The amount of oil to be used depends on the patient and the area where the radiotherapy will be applied. When the cancer treatment is planned, it will be correct to contact an experienced phytotherapy physician before the procedure and plan the aromatherapy process. Because aromatherapy oils are prepared in different mixing ratios before and after the radiotherapy process, in accordance with the skin structure of the patient. “

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