Radiation therapy to bone areas in the head and neck can cause a temporary increase in pain in the area being treated. It can occur after one dose of radiation and usually lasts for 12 to 36 hours. Let us know as soon as possible if you experience a pain flare, as we can control this with the use of additional
Radiation therapy to the head and neck may cause the hair in the treatment area to fallout, usually a few weeks after treatment begins. Hair will usually regrow within three, to six months. The colour or texture may be different, and it may grow back thinner or patchy.
Occasionally, hair loss can be permanent if you have a high dose of radiation therapy. Your doctor will discuss this with you before you start your treatment. We understand that hair loss can be upsetting. Please talk to us if you find losing your hair difficult to cope with. Our nursing team can discuss options to help you manage your hair loss, including headwear and wigs if required.