What to Expect After Radiation Therapy for Kidney Cancer
Here's an overview of how you may feel after external radiation therapy for kidney cancer:
You may have other symptoms, depending on where the radiation is given. For example, radiation to the abdomen may cause nausea or diarrhea. Radiation to the chest may affect the lungs and lead to shortness of breath. Radiation to the brain may lead to headaches and trouble thinking.
Ask your doctor which symptoms, if any, require that you call him or her right away. For instance, it is wise to call your doctor if you have signs of infection, such as fever or pain.
Long-term side effects of radiation may not show up for many years after you complete treatments. How severe they are depends on the dose, frequency, and location of the treatments. Ask your doctor what you may expect.