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Side Effects

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  • Side effects of radiation therapy are limited to the area that is receiving treatment. Side effects can include redness of the skin, sore mouth and throat, dry mouth, thick phlegm, alteration of taste, pain on swallowing, and hair loss on your head, neck and face. Fatigue or feeling tired is also very common. The way foods taste and the amount of saliva you produce should improve after treatment ends. However, foods might never taste exactly as they did before treatment. Side effects are different for each patient. In some cases side effects lessen within several weeks, but with more intensive treatment the time for improvement takes longer.

    Medications may be prescribed to make you as comfortable as possible. Nutritional supplements are important to help prevent weight loss. If at any time during your treatment you feel discomfort, tell your doctor or nurse. They can prescribe medicine to help you feel better. If you are malnourished or need more nutritional support, sometimes a feeding tube can be helpful.

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