1. What are the side effects of radiation therapy?
Fatigue (being tired) and skin reactions are the most common side effects of radiation therapy. Side effects mostly occur only in the area of your body where you get radiation. Dr. Keit can tell you about possible side effects and what to do about them. Many side effects do not start right away, but you may notice them around the third week of treatment. Once your radiation therapy is over, side effects may take 2-3 weeks to go away. Ask your doctor about any lasting effects from radiation treatment.
If you have any questions about radiation therapy, ask Dr. Keit or one of the Radiation Therapists. We want to make sure you understand the information we give you. Someone is always available to answer your questions about radiation treatments.
2. What should patients and families do when getting radiation therapy?
To stay as healthy as possible during radiation treatment, remember that everyone is different, and radiation affects everyone differently. Eat nutritious meals, drink water and other fluids daily to stay hydrated, rest when you need to, and try to continue your regular exercise or activity regimen. Dr Keit and the Radiation Therapist can help you manage many of the treatment side effects you experience. We want to help make your treatment successful, so please let us know if you have side effects, have questions about your treatment or need help with anything else.