Chest Treatment Side Effects

Early Reactions

  • Skin changes: redness, irritation, scaliness, ulceration, change in color, thickening, hair loss in
  • treatment area.
  • Inflammation of esophagus causing pain on swallowing, heartburn, or feeling of obstruction.
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting.
  • Weight loss, weakness, and fatigue.
  • Inflammation of the lung with pain, fever and dry cough.
  • Inflammation of the heart sac with chest pain and palpitations.
  • Possibility of hemorrhage.
  • Possible development of abnormal passageway or opening between organs.
  • Depression of blood count leading to increased risk of infection and/or bleeding.
  • Intermittent electric shock-like feelings in the lower spine or legs on bending the neck.

Late Reactions

  • Changes in skin texture and/or coloration, permanent hair loss in treatment area.
  • Lung scarring and shrinkage causing shortness of breath.
  • Narrowing of esophagus causing swallowing problems.
  • Constriction of heart sac which may require surgical correction.
  • Damage to heart muscle or arteries leading to heart failure.
  • Fracture of ribs.
  • Nerve changes or damage, pain, loss of strength or loss of feeling in arms.
  • Spinal cord damage causing loss of strength or feeling in arms and legs, and/or loss of control of
  • bladder and rectum.