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Potential Side Effects from Radiation for Liver Cancer

These are some of the most common side effects of radiation for liver cancer:

  • Diarrhea

  • Tiredness and fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Dry or irritated skin

These side effects often go away when treatment ends. Medication can help many of the side effects. Getting radiation at the same time can worsen the side effects of chemotherapy.

The liver is very sensitive to radiation. If your whole liver is treated, you may develop radiation hepatitis. This liver injury is caused by radiation to normal parts of the liver and limits the use of radiation therapy in this cancer.