What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

Too many. Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of breath (lung radiation), hair loss (brain radiation), stomach ulcers and bleeding (stomach radiation). General side effects can include severe fatigue, low blood counts, skin rash and discoloration.

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What are the side effects of radiation therapy for a women at the age of 60 suffering from uterine cancer?

Discuss with doctor. Hello - there are several possible side effects from pelvic radiation. It varies by type of radiation, radiation field, duration of radiation, and it also varies from person to person. The most common are bowel disturbances, and diarrhea is quite common. Good luck. Read more...

What are the side effects of radiation therapy for a brain cancer?

Many. Some of the more common side effects from radiation is hair loss, nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, weight loss. It is usually well tolerated although during therapy, you must expect the fatigue and exhaustion associated with radiation therapy. Read more...
Depends. Radiation can cause a variety of side effects and complications when treating the brain. These depend on the dose, areas of the brain treated, cancer type, patients' performance status and age, and other treatment factors (surgery, chemo, etc.) the side effects can include: fatigue, memory problems, hormonal dysfunction, visual or hearing changes, hair loss, cognitive changes, edema, necrosis. Read more...

What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

Depends on technique. Classic radiation is given via external beams to whole breast over 6-7 weeks with primarily local affect like mild repeated sunburn (redness, irritation-more extreme may incl. Blistering or peeling). Newer techniques if a larger daily dose cn be given can reduce the time to 3-4 weeks. Other option is accelerated partial breast usually w/implanted device and seeds over 5 days. Read more...
Varies. Radiation affects different body parts in different ways. Early stage breast cancer relatively few symptoms - typically some fatigue, sometimes a mild sunburn like skin irritation in the radiated areas. Base of the tongue, much harsher side effects (and it is often combined with chemotherapy). They all get severe dry mouth, and may be unable to eat for awhile. Ask your rad onc doc for specifics. Read more...

What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

Gastrectomy. Limits capacity and one will lose weight regardless of c or rt. Done properly, it is the acute effects, n&v/diarrhea. For expansive volumes, there may be an issue with loose bowels, but 'dumping syndrome' need to be differentiated. Read more...
Nutrition & bowel fx. After a total gastrectomy, nutritional problems can occur from nutrient deficiencies due to malabsorption in the gut. The bowels tend to move more quickly and can lead to diarrhea. Maintaining hydration and a healthful nutrient status often requires the consultation with a nutritionist or dietician that specializes with patients after gastrectomy. Read more...

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

Radiation therapy. Divided into -acute and late effects. Acute changes will include fatigue and skin changes that accumulate gradually within the radiated field over the course of treatment. Redness, soreness, sometimes with peeling off skin. Thickening of skin and breast edema also can happen. Late complication risk is low-may include arm swelling, radiation pneumonitis, nerve injury/brachila plexus etc. Read more...
Skin effect are. The most common during treatment, with redness of the skin in the front of the arm pit, and under the breast. It can range from red like sunburn, to dry and tanned, to loss of the superficial skin, with oozing serum (moist desquamation). Late effects include edema or shrinkage, arm swelling, rarely lung, heart, rib injury. Read more...
Breast Radiation. Side effects during treatment are related to the skin which can get dry, red, peel, tan.The breast can be more tender through the surgery site and there can be sharp shooting pains as well.Over time a diffuse scar tissue will form throughout the breast with the amount different for each lady.Some breasts end up bigger and others smaller.Usually takes two years to settle into permanent size and shape. Read more...

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat area?

Throat radiation. Throat pain, swelling, pain and difficulty with or without pain on swallowing, voice change are among some of the side effects of radiation therapy to the throat area. The extent to which side effects will affect you depends on what the radiation therapy is treating. Discuss any concerns with your radiation therapist. Read more...
Pain, etc. The tissues of the head and neck can be very sensitive to radiation. Depending on the site(s) treated and the dose received by those tissues, one can develop: pain (mucositis), dryness, thickened secretions, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, radiation dermatitis, hair loss, thyroid gland dysfunction, tissue edema, fibrosis, increased risk of carotid artery disease, taste & smell alterations. Read more...

Could you tell me what are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat?

Throat related. During tx pain, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, dry mouth, decreased taste, skin irritation, hair loss, cough. After treatment and long term, stiff neck, difficulty swallowing, change in voice, dry mouth, dental and gingival issues, thyroid damage. The degree and extent of these depends on the amount of neck and throat in treatment field (one side vs both, just vocal cords or larger region). Read more...
Soreness. Radiation therapy to the throat can cause numerous side effects both long and short term. In the short term patients can expect hoarseness, difficult and painful swallowing and soreness/redness of the skin. In the long run there can be changes in taste, hypothyroidism, voice changes and swallowing changes as well as long term changes of the skin of the neck. Read more...

What are side effects of radiation therapy for ovarian cancer?

Moving strip . And liquid p-32 were used as late as 1980, but external as a curative modality not used. Toxicity was loose bowels, pancytopenia, the beam can be used focally for a tumor mass...Ask a radotherapy consultant to explain benefit and risk before agreeing to treatment. Read more...