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What are the side effects of external radiation therapy for non-small-cell lung cancer?

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It's a lot like getting an X-ray, but the dose is stronger. Before treatments start, the radiation team will take precise measurements to adjust the size and shape of the beam. That makes sure it hits the tumor. The beam destroys cancer cells on impact, but it can also damage healthy cells around them. The procedure itself is painless, but you could have side effects. Some are the same as those with chemo and surgery, and you can treat them the same way.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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