As with all cancer treatments, radiosurgery has some potential side effects. Some of the most common side effects associated with radiosurgery are irritation or damage to the skin near the treatment site, fatigue, and nausea. Skin irritation may include dryness, itching, peeling, or blistering. Fatigue, for some patients, may mean feeling slightly worn out; occasionally, patients experience severe exhaustion.
Those side effects that do occur are often temporary and typically subside after treatment ends. If serious side effects do occur, they are usually specific to the area of the body being treated – such as hair loss when the brain is treated, or urinary issues when the lower abdomen is treated. Side effects may also depend on the size and location of the tumor, disease state, and the patient’s general medical condition.
For more details about the side effects for radiosurgery, ask your radiation oncologist to explain what may occur during your particular treatment.