SOME ‘COSTS’ OF RADIATION TREATMENT – SIDE EFFECTS

Now let’s just see what this means for you in real life—what symptoms can result from those reactions?
These symptoms fall into two distinct groups. There are acute symptoms which occur during or immediately after radiation. There are also delayed symptoms that can occur long after radiation. The severity and nature of both acute and delayed symptoms depend on the type and dose of radiation and on what tissues are irradiated.
Many of the immediate symptoms are due directly to damage to actively dividing cells. There is normally a high proportion of actively dividing cells throughout the linings of the whole intestinal tract from mouth to anus, the whole respiratory tract from nose to bronchial tubes, and the bladder. The skin is another surface which is kept healthy by frequent replacement of its cells with new ones. Radiation stops the normal process of constant renewal of these surfaces.
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