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Potential Side Effects from Radiation Therapy for Malignant Mesothelioma

Radiation affects both normal cells and cancer cells. This means it can cause side effects. These are the side effects that are common to all people who get radiation, no matter what area of the body is being treated:

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • Skin reactions or irritations

If you receive radiation to your chest, you may have shortness of breath or trouble breathing.

If you have radiation to your abdomen, you may have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Usually these side effects go away when treatment ends. If you are getting chemotherapy at the same time, radiation can make the side effects of it worse.