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What are the side effects of radiation for multiple myeloma?

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Because radiation can also harm your skin, muscles, or other tissues, it can cause you to feel sick or have other side effects. After your radiation treatment, you may have:

Your side effects should go away soon after your radiation treatments are done.

  • Red or peeling skin, blisters, or sensitive skin in the spot where radiation is beamed
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea (if you’re getting radiation aimed at your belly)
  • Loss of hair in the treatment area
  • Low blood cells

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Radiation therapy for multiple myeloma.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment Guide.”

University of Utah Health Care: “What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Multiple Myeloma.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Support for Bone-Related Problems.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Multiple Myeloma.”

University of California at San Diego Moores Cancer Center: “Total Body Irradiation (TBI).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 7, 2018

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