What short term side effects of radiation treatment?

Minimal. Radiation is usually free of side effects for the first 2-3 weeks of use. Then it can cause some mild local skin redness or sun burn like effects. It can also cause sores in the mouth or any mucosal area which is in the field of radiation. Some fatigue or nausea can be experienced on rare occasions.

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Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Radiation Therapy. Depends on what effects you are speaking of. If you are talking about infertility than unfortunately those effects tend to be permanent however they are dose dependent. Read more...
Depends. The most common side effect is fatigue. This will generally resolve on its' own over weeks to months after treatment. Exercise can help to speed up that recovery. Skin inflammation (radiation dermatitis) is also quite common, and also resolves on its' own. Using a natural anti-inflammatory skin cream (i.e. Calendula) can help. There are many possible side effects, so discuss these with your docs. Read more...

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...

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. Read more...

Please, can you describe the primary side effects of radiation treatments to the brain?

Oncology . This depends on the type of radiation (whole brain vs target area, dose and even concomitant medications). The most common side effects are headache , nausea, poor concentration, dizziness. Late vascular effect may increase risk of stoke. Awareness of these complications have helped radiation oncology to design treatment protocols that are safe for patients while increasing efficacy. Best wishes. 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...