Managing side effects of radiation treatment to certain parts of the body

The next sections have tips on how to manage side effects that might be caused by radiation to certain parts of the body. These are general side effects. Be sure to talk to your cancer care team about what you might expect and what you should look out for with your own treatment plan. Tell them about any changes you notice, so they can be managed before they worsen. Also make sure you know what problems need to be reported right away and where to get help after normal office hours and on weekends and holidays.

More details on treatment side effects and how to manage them can be found in Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and master’s-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Medical Review: June 30, 2015 Last Revised: June 30, 2015

American Cancer Society medical information is copyrighted material. For reprint requests, please contact permissionrequest@cancer.org.