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Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer

  • Posted: 04/20/2007

Radiation Therapy Side Effects At-A-Glance

Radiation therapy side effects depend on the part of your body being treated. You can use the chart below to see which side effects might affect you. Find the part of your body being treated in the column on the left, then read across the row to see the side effects. A checkmark means that you may get this side effect. Ask your doctor or nurse about your chances of getting each side effect.

Talk to your radiation therapy team about your chances of getting side effects. Show them the chart below.
  • Find the part of your body being treated in the top row.
  • Read down the column.
  • A checkmark means you may get the side effect listed.
Radiation Therapy Side Effects At-A-Glance
BrainBreastChestHead and NeckPelvic AreaRectumStomach and Abdomen
Diarrhea    
Fatigue
Hair Loss (on the part of the body being treated)
Mouth Changes      
Nausea and Vomiting    
Sexual and Fertility Changes     
Skin Changes
Throat Changes     
Urinary and Bladder Changes    
Other Side EffectsHeadache Blurry visionTenderness SwellingCough Shortness of breathEaraches Taste changes