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Chest radiotherapy side effects

Chest radiotherapy can cause side effects such as difficulty swallowing and breathlessness. Find out about the other side effects. 

Radiotherapy to the chest can also cause some general side effects, such as sore skin. 

Difficulty swallowing

You might have trouble swallowing (dysphagia) during and after radiotherapy treatment to the chest. There are a number of things that you can do to help. 


You might feel sick when having chest radiotherapy. Find out how to help with this. 


Shortness of breath can happen during and after chest radiotherapy and more rarely for radiotherapy to the breast. 

Last reviewed: 
28 Jan 2019

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