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Are there side effects to radiation therapy for gynecologic cancers?

Radiation therapy is used to treat some types of gynecologic cancers, including vaginal and vulvar cancers. Side effects of radiation therapy include inflammation of the rectum, irritation of the bladder, narrowing of the vaginal opening, weakening of the vaginal walls, infertility, and premature menopause. Radiation therapy can also cause urinary difficulties. It can cause the skin on the genitals and pelvic region to appear and feel sunburned for more than six months following treatment.

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