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Radiation treatment uses high dose X-rays to destroy cancer cells. Giving small doses of radiation enables the majority of healthy cells to repair any damage while destroying cancer cells. Common side effects from radiation include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sunburn like reaction
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling

Radiation treatment is often recommended for patients who have breast conservation surgery or several positive lymph nodes.


Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011