Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer
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- Skin changes
- Hair loss in the treatment area affected by the radiation
- You will not lose hair on your head because of radiation to your pelvis.
- Loss of appetite
- Bladder irritation
- Bowel irritation, including diarrhea, blood in stool, and pain in the anal and vaginal areas
- Cessation of menstruation
- Vaginal itching, burning, and dryness
- Changes in sexual and reproductive health
- Possible blood clots in the pelvis or legs due to confinement to bed
- Developing blood clots is a risk primarily during the hospitalization, and your physician will treat you in advance with a blood thinner to help prevent this complication.
- A pain that doesn't go away, especially if it's always in the same place
- New or unusual lumps, bumps, or swelling
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- A fever or cough that doesn't go away
- Unusual rashes, bruises, or bleeding
- Any symptoms that you are concerned about
Cervical cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 7, 2013. Accessed January 3, 2014.
American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp. Accessed January 3, 2014.
National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov. Updated January 3, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/10/2014 -
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