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Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Radiation is painless during the treatments.
If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve.

In brief: Possibly
Radiation is painless during the treatments.
If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology
In brief: Possibly
It depends on what tissues are treated by the path of the beam. By itself, it is not painful.
But, it can interact with tissue over time to cause irritation. The esophagus is the first thing one can cause irritation with that is significant: so swallowing can hurt. This is an organ thereofore we try to avoid. Skin too can be affected, but more with protons than photons. Each case is unique.

In brief: Possibly
It depends on what tissues are treated by the path of the beam. By itself, it is not painful.
But, it can interact with tissue over time to cause irritation. The esophagus is the first thing one can cause irritation with that is significant: so swallowing can hurt. This is an organ thereofore we try to avoid. Skin too can be affected, but more with protons than photons. Each case is unique.
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Radiation itself is not painful but can have side effects such as tiredness, skin irritation, cough, shortness of breath and low blood counts.

In brief: No
Radiation itself is not painful but can have side effects such as tiredness, skin irritation, cough, shortness of breath and low blood counts.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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