The side effects of radiation therapy vary from patient to patient.
HERE ARE SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH SIDE EFFECTS:
Talk to your health care provider about side effects your might be experiencing. Be sure to get plenty of rest. Sleep as often as you feel the need to. Limit your activity and use your leisure time in a restful way. Good nutrition is important. Try to eat a balanced diet. Be sure your health care provider knows about any medicines you are taking before treatment.
GUIDELINES FOR YOUR SKIN:
Be extra kind to the skin in the treatment area. Do not use adhesive tape on treated skin. Wear loose, soft cotton clothing over the treated area. Do not starch your clothes. Protect the area from the sun. Do not rub or scrub treated skin.
Fortunately, most skin side effects will go away in a short time. If you happen to have a side effect that persists or is severe, your health care provider might prescribe a break in your treatments or change the kind of treatment that you are receiving.