Radiation is a strong cancer treatment. As it kills cancer cells, radiation therapy can affect normal tissue and cause side effects in some people. If they do occur, the severity depends on the person, the cancer, the amount of radiation given, and most of all, on the part of the body being treated.
We've provided information on the types of side effects you may experience and tips for coping. Treatment may impact your:
Special attention is given to side effects for patients during:
Even though most side effects are temporary, you should tell your radiation oncologist, therapist or nurse about them. They usually appear after you are well into your treatments and may continue for a few weeks afterward.