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Possible Side Effects

Side effects of radiation therapy are limited to the area that is receiving treatment.

  • Side effects can include redness of the skin, sore throat, dry mouth, alteration of taste, pain on swallowing and possible hair loss in the treated area. Fatigue is also very common.
  • Side effects are different for each patient. Medications and nutritional supplements may be prescribed to make you as comfortable as possible.
  • If at any time during your treatment you feel discomfort, tell your doctor or nurse. They may be able to alter the treatment or prescribe a drug to help you feel better.