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What are the side effects of radiation treatment?

Radiation treatments often cause complications because of the damage caused to healthy tissues. Fatigue is the most common complaint of mesothelioma patients undergoing radiotherapy. Patients who undergo EBRT also commonly experience skin changes (similar to a sunburn). If the radiation is concentrated in the chest, side effects may include breathing complications, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and lung damage. Patients who receive radiation therapy in the abdominal area have reported nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Patients should discuss any side effects they experience with their medical team so that doctors and nurses can suggest a management strategy.

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