Radiation Therapy Side Effects - Do You Know This
By : The Health Place
Every cancer patient needs to know
Most of the patients feel physical, mental, and emotional fatigue. This is very common for people with cancer and often occurs with radiation therapy.
2. Hair loss
Hair loss can be a problem after radiation therapy. After treatment, hair usually grow back in 3 to 6 months.
3. Memory or concentration problem
There is a possibility that chemotherapy treatment may cause difficulty with thinking, concentrating, or remembering.
4. Nausea and vomiting
Radiation therapy treatment to the middle of the abdomen or back can cause nausea and vomiting. This al
so includes dehydration.
5. Skin changes
Up to 95% of people may experience skin changes after radiation therapy, including dryness, peeling, and redness or darkening.
You may have a headache for a few days after radiation therapy. Consult your doctor about headache control.
7. Blurred vision
Radiation therapy can damage parts of the eye, resulting in problems such as blurred vision, dry eyes, cataracts, and retinal detachment
8. Tooth decay
The salivary glands and lining of the mouth can be damaged by radiation therapy. The healthy balance of bacteria can be disturbed. These changes can lead to tooth decay.
9. Difficulty swallowing
Radiation therapy can cause difficulty swallowing. In the mouth, throat, and esophagus, radiation can harden and deform the muscle and mucosa.