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Side Effects of Pancreatic Cancer Radiation Therapy

The side effects of pancreatic cancer radiation therapy will depend on the treatment dose and the part of the body that is being treated. Although patients may become very tired during radiation therapy, doctors usually advise them to try to stay as active as they can.
 
Radiation therapy to the chest and abdomen may cause:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary discomfort
  • A decrease in the number of healthy white blood cells.
 
Although the side effects of pancreatic cancer radiation therapy can be distressing, doctors can usually treat or control them. Side effects of radiation therapy usually go away when treatment is over.
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