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Side Effects and Safety

  • Side effects, like skin tenderness, are generally limited to the area receiving radiation.
  • Unlike chemotherapy, radiation usually doesn't cause hair loss or nausea.
  • Most side effects begin during the second or third week of treatment.
  • Side effects may last for several weeks after the final treatment.
  • Multiple healthcare professionals develop and review the treatment plan to ensure that the target area is receiving the dose of radiation needed.
  • The treatment plan and equipment are constantly checked to ensure proper treatment is being given.