Adverse effects of the Radiotherapy

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Radiotherapy is a local treatment, so it only affects the part of the body where the tumour is located. For example, patients do not usually lose their hair after receiving radiotherapy, except when it is administered in hairy areas.

fatigue

Tiredness. Patients often feel more tired than usual because of the radiotherapy, other associated issues and having to travel to hospital every day.

Dry skin

Skin reactions. The skin around the treatment site may present alterations during the treatment.

Alopecia, Baldness, Falling Hair

Hair loss. Hair loss is temporary and only occurs at and around the treatment site. It begins to fall out 2–3 weeks after starting radiotherapy and starts growing back 3–6 months later.

Substantiated information by:

Albert Tuca Rodríguez
Aleix Prat
Francesc Balaguer
Meritxell Molla
Montserrat Valverde Bosch
Vanessa Vilas
Álvaro Urbano-Ispizua

Published: 12 November 2018
Updated: 20 November 2018

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