Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer


Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer


This guide provides facts about and side effects of radiation therapy and describes how patients can care for themselves during and after treatment.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Questions and answers about radiation therapy
  • External beam radiation therapy
  • Internal radiation therapy
  • Your feelings during radiation therapy
  • Radiation therapy side effects
  • Radiation therapy side effects at-a-glance
  • Radiation therapy side effects and ways to manage them
  • Late radiation therapy side effects
  • Questions to ask your doctor or nurse
  • Lists of food and liquids
  • Words to know
  • Resources


National Cancer Institute

Funding Sources:

National Institutes of Health


Release Date: 1998
Review Date: 2007
Recent Summary: April 2008
Original Summary: October 2005
Last Updated: 08/27/14

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