Will I have side effects from radiation therapy?

Will I have side effects from radiation therapy?

Yes, your radiation oncologist will discuss this with you individually. Radiation therapy is given to a specific area of the body. Both the cancer cells and other rapidly dividing cells in the area treated are affected.  Healthy cells have the ability to recover over time while the cancer cells are permanently damaged. The effects on normal cells are the cause of side effects and are specific to the area of the body that is treated.  These side effects will be monitored and managed as needed by the radiation therapy team.

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