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What are side effects of radiation for cervical cancer?

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Radiation uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells and stop their growth. Side effects may include:

These side effects will go away once you finish treatment.

  • Fatigue
  • Loose stools, diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Pain during sex
  • Skin changes
  • Discomfort and urge to urinate often
  • Menstrual changes
  • Swollen legs (if lymph nodes are irradiated)

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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