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What to Expect After External Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Radiation therapy affects normal cells as well as cancer cells. The side effects of radiation depend on the amount and the type of radiation you get. Be sure to let your doctor know of any side effects you have.

Here’s an overview of how you might feel during or after having EBRT.

  • You may have diarrhea, with or without blood in the stool. You may also have cramping or feel like you need to have a bowel movement. If you have these side effects, they are likely to occur in the second or third week of treatment.

  • The skin around the treated area may get irritated, especially under the scrotum in men or folds of the buttocks. The skin may be red, flake, or drain fluid.

  • You may feel very tired, called fatigue, for about a month after your treatment ends.