What are the side effects of radiation therapy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radiation therapy is often used to treat pancreatic cancer. It may produce various side effects, based on the type and dose of radiation therapy a person receives. Radiation therapy kills cancer cells, but it can hurt healthy cells in the process. Some common side effects include skin changes such as redness and swelling, nausea, vomiting, hair loss in the area treated with radiation, and diarrhea.

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