Frequently Asked Questions about Cancer
Like all other treatments of cancer, there are risks for patients who undergo radiation therapy. Radiation used to damage or destroy cancer cells may also hurt normal cells. When this happens, patients may experience side effects.
The risk of side effects, however, is less than the potential benefits of killing cancer cells. Your radiation oncologist will not advise you to undergo treatment unless its potential benefits (control of disease and relief of symptoms) are greater than its potential risks.