Effects of Radiation Treatment
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, the oncologists and other doctors will get together to devise a treatment plan that they think will best eliminate the cancer and give the patient the optimal chance of survival. Once the treatment plan is created, it will be shared with the patient. Treatment plans for cancer will typically involve a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Radiation therapy involves hitting the cancer cells with something that will kill them through radiation. It can be performed from the outside or the inside, depending on the site of the cancer. Like chemotherapy, it has some side effects that can be unpleasant.
When people talk about the side effects of radiation, one must keep in mind that the side effects experienced usually depend on the treatment dose and the part of the body that has been treated. One of the most common side effects that usually affect everyone to a degree is tiredness. This can be due to the cancer and the treatments being used to kill it, but anyone undergoing radiation can expect to be tired. Loss of appetite is another side effect that is common in most people.
Another common side effect is a skin reaction of some sort. This can be basic and go away with time like a rash or redness or the skin’s pigmentation can be permanently altered. The skin can also be scarred at the radiation site.
Radiation, in addition to its effect on the skin and the energy level of the person receiving treatment, can also cause inflammation in the tissues and organs that are located near or around the part of the body that is being radiated.
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