LUNG CANCER

Side Effects

Potential side effects of Radixact® treatment for lung cancer

Most radiation side effects are minimal and last only a short time. Side effects can, however, be severe. Possible side effects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Radiation pneumonitis
  • Scarring of the lung tissues (pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Complications (such as pneumothorax) resulting from fiducial marker insertion
  • Rib pain and/or fracture
  • Exposure to airways and/or nearby tissue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heart problems (if the treatment area is near the heart)

Ask your doctor for more details about the side effects of your specific radiation therapy.

Managing side effects with your medical team

Prior to beginning Radixact treatment, your medical team will discuss all possible side effects and may prescribe medication to control any side effects, should they occur.

Protecting healthy tissue — protecting quality of life.

While all radiotherapy treatments carry the risk of side effects, Radixact treatments are generally well tolerated with minimal side effects. The Radixact System allows your treatment team to optimize the radiation dose delivered to the target — while minimizing dose to nearby organs (i.e., heart) and surrounding healthy tissues. Feedback from doctors suggests that Radixact treatment can reduce the risk of common side effects that impact quality of life both during and after treatment. Most patients resume normal activity during and immediately after treatment sessions.

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