Side effects specific to your treatment area may include:
Radiation therapy to the cervical spine
Difficulty swallowing is a common reaction when the throat is in the treatment area. The throat may become inflamed and feel painful when swallowing or produce a sensation like a lump in the throat. Early assessment by your doctor and nurse may help to prevent swallowing difficulties from becoming worse.
Radiation therapy to the thoracic spine
This is a common reaction when the oesophagus is in the treatment area. You may feel pain when swallowing or a sensation like a lump in the central chest area. If you experience discomfort or notice any changes, let your care team know as soon as possible. Dietary changes may be required, or a referral to a dietitian if needed.
Nausea and vomiting
If your treatment area is near your stomach, you may experience nausea and vomiting. To help manage this your doctor may prescribe you anti-nausea medication. You may need to take this before treatment for your comfort.