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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Not usually

Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung.
But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed.

In brief: Not usually

Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung.
But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery

In brief: Highly unlikely

Radiation is a local/regional therapy like surgery and generally affects only tissues/organ systems within the field of radiation.
Modern techniques focus attention on providing the prescribed dose to targeted tissues and sparing neighboring nearby normal tissues. This is done by angling the beams (tangential), imrt, high dose rate brachytherapy (i.e. Apbi), and other techniques.

In brief: Highly unlikely

Radiation is a local/regional therapy like surgery and generally affects only tissues/organ systems within the field of radiation.
Modern techniques focus attention on providing the prescribed dose to targeted tissues and sparing neighboring nearby normal tissues. This is done by angling the beams (tangential), imrt, high dose rate brachytherapy (i.e. Apbi), and other techniques.
Dr. Sean Canale
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