What are the side effects of radiation treatments for a cancer of the throat?

Short list. Side effects include decreased saliva production, throat irritation and soreness with some discomfort on swallowing. Possible hoarse voice from vocal cord inflammation. These are from an oncologist's point of view; for more information contact your radiation therapist.

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Could you tell me what are all the side effects of radiation treatments for cancer patients?

Fibrosis and scar. The field where RT given associated with scarring and fibrosis. If in an area of treatment near nerves or major vessels, thickening of tissue or lymphedema can occur. Bowel or bladder can have associated symptoms therefore IMRT used. Effects can further be reduced by using gamma or cyberknife treatment offering better control to site of treatment. Read more...