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What are the side effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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During your treatment, radiation must pass through your skin. You may notice some skin changes in the area exposed to radiation. Your skin may become red, swollen, warm, and sensitive, as if you have a sunburn. It may peel or become moist and tender.

Depending on the dose of radiation you get, you may notice a loss of hair or less perspiration within the treated area. These skin reactions are common and temporary. They will ease little by little within 4 to 6 weeks of completing treatment. If your outside the treated area changes, let your medical team know.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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