What are the side effects of oropharyngeal cancer radiation treatment?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Radiation treatment to the head and neck area may cause both immediate and long-term side effects. You may experience difficulty swallowing, changes in your ability to taste, earaches, nausea, or dry mouth. The radiation therapy may also affect your thyroid gland, so the doctor may wish to measure your blood levels of certain hormones before you begin treatment, and then after treatment is finished. Finally, radiation can affect your dental health, and you may be at increased risk of cavities, even long after the treatment has ended.

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