Side Effects


What are the side effects of radiation therapy?
An introduction to the most common side effects experienced during radiation therapy.
Skin Reactions From Radiation
Information on caring for your skin during radiation therapy.
Esophagitis
Esophagitis is a painful inflammation of the esophagus caused by cancer treatment.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
This hand-out answers questions about and offers tips for coping with dry mouth (xerostomia) resulting from radiation treatment.
Effects of Radiotherapy on the Oral Cavity
Mouth Sores
Tips for preventing mouth sores or caring for your mouth if mouth sores develop.
Hair Loss (Alopecia) From Radiation Treatment
This side effect handout answers questions about and offers tips for coping with hair loss caused by radiation therapy.
Taste Changes During Cancer Therapy
This hand-out provides tips for managing taste changes associated with cancer and treatment.
Vaginal Dilators for Radiation Therapy
Instructions and tips for using dilators after pelvic radiation therapy.
Tips for Dealing with Urinary Incontinence (for women)
An introduction to urinary incontinence, tips to cope with UI and exercises to strengthen the muscles that control urinary flow.

News
ASTRO: Combination Therapy Beneficial in Prostate Cancer

Nov 29, 2014 - Long-term survival may be increased in medium-risk prostate cancer patients who receive short-term androgen deprivation therapy before and during radiation treatment compared with men who receive radiation alone. In addition, proton beam therapy may be associated with a decreased risk of disease recurrence after 10 years and has minimal side effects after one year, according to research presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Nov. 1 to 5 in Chicago.



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