The most common side effect of radiation therapy is fatigue. Since side effects depend on the area being treated, everyone’s experience is different. Some people do not experience any side effects at all. We have listed the most common side effects by area of treatment. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. Your doctor will discuss all potential side effects during consultation.
The short-term side effects of radiation therapy usually manifest within the first couple weeks of treatment. Following the last treatment, these side effects generally resolve on their own.
Common Brain Side Effects
Common Head and Neck Side Effects
Common Abdominal Side Effects
Common Side Effects in the Chest
Common Side Effects in the Breast
Common Side Effects in the Pelvic Area
Common Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Therapy
In addition to short term side effects, patients may experience late-term side effects. These are side effects that manifest themselves months or years following radiation therapy.
Late-Term Side Effects of Radiation Therapy in the Brain:
Late-Term Side Effects of Radiation Therapy in the Head or Neck:
Late-Term Side Effects of Radiation Therapy in the Abdomen:
Late-term Side Effects of Radiation Therapy in the Chest:
Late-term Side Effects in the Pelvic Region Include:
Late-term Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Therapy:
Other Potential Late-Term Side Effects: