MULTIPLE MYELOMA KNOWLEDGE CENTER

Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Radiation therapy side effects vary from patient to patient. Radiation therapies typically make patients feel tired or lose their appetite, and can also make the skin above the treated area more sensitive and irritated. Other side effects of radiation depend on the site treated. For example, radiation to the pelvic area may also cause suppression of the bone marrow and lead to reduced blood cell counts. This is because half of the body’s bone marrow is found in the pelvic bones. Radiation to the pelvic area can also affect the lower digestive tract, causing symptoms such as diarrhea, spasms, and in rare cases, bleeding. It can also affect the reproductive organs.

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