Radiation Therapy Complications
Radiation Therapy Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Radiation Therapy:
Internal radiation can cause side effects as the radiation damages your own healthy cells as well as the cancer cells. The side effects will vary, depending on the type and location of treatment. Common side effects of radiation include, but are not limited, to:
- Skin changes (redness, irritation)
- Reduced white blood cell count
- Hair loss
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Appetite loss
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Previous radiation therapy
- A personal history of lupus , scleroderma , or dermatomyositis
A woman who is pregnant or could be pregnant should avoid exposure to radiation. It could harm a developing fetus.
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