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What to Expect After Internal Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer

These are some common side effects of internal radiation during the first week:

  • Swelling or bruising in the area treated

  • Pain

  • Difficulty swallowing or eating

Your doctor will give you instructions for how to ease these effects. Ask your doctor or nurse to tell you whether there are any side effects you should call them immediately about.

You may be able to return to work in three or four days.

Some effects may continue after internal radiation. Or they may not appear until months later. If you have difficulty swallowing and eating, be sure to tell your doctor. Ask about other effects to watch for.