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Potential Side Effects of Radiation for Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Radiation affects both normal cells and cancer cells. This means it can cause side effects. What they are depends on what part of your body is treated.

These are some common side effects of radiation.

  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness that doesn't get better with rest)

  • Skin changes

  • Problems with nausea or vomiting, if your stomach area got radiation

  • Shortness of breath, if you had radiation near your lungs

  • Swelling, pain, or weakness if you had radiation on large areas of the arm or leg. Your doctor may have you use a pressure garment to reduce these symptoms.

  • Increased risk of sunburn. Avoid direct sun exposure or use sunscreen for a period of time during and after radiation.

Long-term side effects of radiation depend on the part of the body being treated. Ask your doctor or nurse to review all of these potential short- and long-term side effects with you.