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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, Version 1.2016


Radiation therapy

What to expect

Side effects

You may have side effects from radiation, although

not everyone does. Often, the treated skin will look

and feel as if it has been sunburned. It will likely

become red and may also become dry, sore, and be

painful when touched. Another common problem is

extreme tiredness despite sleep (fatigue). Women

sometimes have pain in their armpit or chest after

radiation and rarely, heart and lung problems.

Not all the side effects of radiation have been listed

here. Please ask your treatment team for a complete

list of side effects. If a side effect bothers you, tell

your treatment team. There may be ways to help you

feel better.