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Side Effects

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  • Ask your radiation oncologist about what you can expect and what the risks and benefits of each treatment are. Side effects are different for everyone. The radiation oncologist and nurse will follow you closely during treatment and ask you and your family members about any symptoms.
    • Fatigue is the most common side effect. Feeling tired often starts in the middle of the treatment and may last several weeks after your last radiation session.
    • Radiation therapy to the brain can cause scalp irritation and muffled hearing.
    • It is normal for you to lose the hair on your head where the radiation beams were aimed. It will probably grow back, but it may not be exactly as it was before treatment.
    • Radiation may cause some short-term memory loss, but any serious nerve injury is rare.
    • If you notice a funny whole body skin tingling or rash, contact your doctor right away. For brain tumors, this uncommon symptom may be a sign of an allergic reaction if you are taking anti-seizure medicine.

    You may be prescribed a medication called a steroid to lessen or prevent symptoms. This is sometimes given before treatment starts. Other medications also may help.

    Please do not delay in talking to a radiation oncologist or oncology nurse about any side effects or concerns about treatments. They want to help you and your caregivers be as comfortable as possible.

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