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Possible Side Effects

Patients often experience little or no side effects from radiation therapy and are able to continue normal routines.

  • Side effects are temporary and usually limited to the area that received radiation.
  • Possible problems include skin irritation, difficulty or pain when swallowing, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
  • Talk to your doctor about any discomfort you feel. He or she may be able to provide drugs and other treatments to help.