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Potential Side Effects from Radiation for Testicular Cancer

Radiation affects both normal cells and cancer cells. This means it can cause side effects. Your radiation oncologist will explain the possible side effects of radiation therapy.

One common side effect is fatigue. This usually happens after you have had a few treatments. You may also feel more tired than usual for some time after your radiation treatments are done.

You may have nausea or loose bowel movements during your treatment. Sometimes, your skin becomes dry, tender, and itchy in the treated area. Toward the end of treatment, your skin may look red. You could lose your hair in the area treated with radiation. The effects of radiation therapy on the skin are temporary. The area heals when your treatment is over.