Most patients do not experience significant side effects. Possible side effects depend on the nature of the treatment. The staff monitor patients closely to identify and handle problem areas:
- Fatigue can be expected, particularly towards the end of the treatment period. Most people continue their daily activities and work routine, but it is advisable to get enough rest, avoid stress and have balanced meals. If you follow a regular exercise programme, consult the medical team.
- You might have a slight swelling or feeling of heaviness in the breast. Sometimes the breast becomes smaller and firmer after radiotherapy.
- Skin irritation, like minor degree of sunburn might occur on the treated areas about 12 hours after exposure. However modern techniques ensure that the electromagnetic rays used during radiation affect the skin as little as possible. In some cases, dryness and flaking of the skin may occur.