No. However, the treatment table can be a little uncomfortable. If you do experience pain during treatment, tell the radiation therapist. He or she will turn off the machine and come into the room. The radiation stops when the machine is turned off.
What are the possible side effects of radiation therapy?
Side effects are usually limited to the radiation site. Patients receiving radiation in the abdomen may have nausea, while radiation to the pelvis may trigger diarrhea. Other possible side effects include:
- Red, itching and peeling skin in the treatment area
- Loss of appetite
- Hair loss in the treatment area
Always let your health care team know about any side effects you may be experiencing, even if they seem minor.