Managing Side Effects

Northwest Montana Radiation Oncology
Skin Irritation
One of the most common side effects from radiation therapy is reddened or irritated skin. It is important to be gentle with your skin during and after radiation therapy.

Appetite and Nutrition
Eating well while getting radiation may be hard to do, especially if you are being treated at a center far from your home.

Fatigue is the feeling of being tired physically, mentally and emotionally. It is a very common feeling with cancer and cancer treatment, including radiation therapy. Managing fatigue is an important part of care for both patients and caregivers.

Pain medicines, changes in your eating habits and being less active can cause your bowels to move less often and stools to become harder to pass (constipation).

Cancer treatments and medicines can cause your bowels to move much more often and become very loose (diarrhea). Uncontrolled diarrhea can lead to weight loss, fluid loss (dehydration), poor appetite and weakness.

Nausea and Vomiting
Some cancer patients may experience nausea and vomiting throughout their treatment and recovery process.

Sore Mouth or Throat
Some people undergoing cancer treatments may have a sore mouth, mouth sores or a sore throat. These problems are usually caused by certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy to the head and neck area.

Changes in Taste and Smell
Cancer and cancer treatments can cause changes in the senses of taste and smell. These changes can affect your appetite.