Are there side effects to radiation?

Yes, there are side effects to radiation. These may include hearing loss, dry mouth, and skin changes. Depending on the type of radiation given, it may also cause the thyroid to work improperly.

Sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer treatment can occur with external beam radiation or seed implants, says William Oh, MD, an oncologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. In this video, he explains the risks of radiation treatment.

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