What does radiation do to your body?
Side effects of radiotherapy
1. Early Side Effects
Side effects include fatigue, skin changes, Hair loss and mouth problems depending on the area the treatment is given. There are some early side effects that usually occur during or after treatment and are usually short-term, mild, and treatable. They typically disappear within a few weeks after treatment ends.
2. Late Side Effects
Late side effects can take months or even years to develop and affect the tissue in the body where the treatment was given. The risk of late side effects depends on the area treated as well as the radiation dose that was used. To find out if this may happen to you talk to your radiation oncologist about the risk of long-term side effects.
The truth about radiation therapy
You should keep in mind that people react differently to treatment. Side effects can vary depending on the type of cancer and location, the dose of radiation given, and the general health of the individual. Some individuals experience very few or no side effects, while others experience quite a few.
Educating yourself about possible side effects from radiotherapy is the most effective way to make sure you are prepared for treatment. Don't forget to speak with your cancer care team about preventing or alleviating them. For a list of common side effects, please see the following table.
The effects of radiation therapy
You will experience different side effects depending on where your radiotherapy is given.
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