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Can radiation therapy cause cancer?

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Another possible side effect of radiation therapy is a second cancer. Doctors have known for a long time that radiation can cause cancer. And research has shown that radiation treatment for one cancer can raise the risk for developing a different cancer later. Factors that can affect that risk include the amount of radiation used and the area that was treated. Talk with your doctor about the potential risk and how it compares to the benefits you’ll get from radiation therapy.  

SOURCES:

Cancer.net: "Side Effects of Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Radiation Therapy Effects," “A Guide to Radiation Therapy.”

American Brain Tumor Association: "Help With Side Effects - Radiation Therapy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Cancer.net: "Side Effects of Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Radiation Therapy Effects," “A Guide to Radiation Therapy.”

American Brain Tumor Association: "Help With Side Effects - Radiation Therapy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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