Radiation Therapy for Testicular Cancer
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
Radiation therapy is a method used to kill cancer. The goal is to get as close to the cancer without harming structures around it. In some cases, it’s used with chemotherapy (called chemoradiation).
Radiation is made by a machine outside the body. The type of machine will depend on where the cancer is, how large it is, and the type.
Side Effects and Management
Since this type is aimed at the pelvis, you may have:
There are many ways to treat these problems. Other common issues are dry, sore skin, nausea, vomiting, and feeling tired because of anemia. Talk to your healthcare team as soon as these appear.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 10/31/2018
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