Radiotherapy Side Effects: what to expect?

Radiotherapy is no secret that it can come with its own set of side effects. Understanding what to expect during and after radiotherapy can help you prepare and cope more effectively.

Fatigue:
Fatigue is one of radiotherapy’s most common side effects. You may feel more tired than usual, persisting even after treatment ends.

Skin Changes:
Depending on the treated area, you may experience skin changes such as redness, itching, or blistering.
During radiotherapy, use gentle, fragrance-free products recommended by your healthcare team, apply sun protection when leaving the house, and avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight.

Hair Loss:
If the radiation targets the head or neck area, you may experience hair loss. This is usually temporary but can be permanent, depending on the dosage and duration of treatment.

Nausea and Digestive Issues:
Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, or digestive problems during or after radiotherapy, especially if the treatment area includes the abdomen or pelvis. Eating small, frequent meals and avoiding spicy or greasy foods can help alleviate these symptoms.

Changes in Appetite:
Radiotherapy can affect your sense of taste and appetite. You may find that certain foods taste different or that you have less interest in eating.

Long-Term Side Effects:
Besides immediate side effects, radiotherapy can sometimes lead to long-term complications such as scarring, tissue damage, or an increased risk of developing other health conditions.

Remember, every individual responds differently to radiotherapy, so your experience may vary. Don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare team with any questions or concerns about your treatment or its side effects.

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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