What are the side effects of radiotherapy treatment?
Side effects of cancer treatment vary from person to person. Some people may have a number of side effects while others have very few or none at all.
Side effects of radiotherapy occur when, as well as the tumour that is being targeted, healthy tissue is damaged and local inflammation or a reaction occurs.
GenesisCare uses the latest advancements in radiotherapy including Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) which are very accurate, thereby avoiding healthy tissue as much as possible and thus reducing side effects.
Any potential side effects of radiotherapy depend on the area being treated and are generally experienced towards the end of the course, and sometimes for a few weeks afterwards. Expected side effects depend on the type of cancer and where it is, what treatment is being used and whether the aim is to cure or manage the cancer.
Reducing and managing symptoms of cancer treatment is important and the positive and negative aspects of each potential treatment will be discussed as part of each patient’s care plan.