Daily work during radiation?

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Question from leslie: Hello. I start radiation tomorrow. Will I be able to tolerate my daily work? What will be the side effects? I am very nervous. Thank you.
Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. Yes, you should be able to work. Most people have mild fatigue if getting radiation only. The fatigue may be a little greater if getting chemo and radiation. Therefore, you should be able to work without any problems.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. If there are things that you're worried about, write down your questions and report your concerns. Tomorrow, before you get started with your planning and treatment, ask the nurse and doctor about your questions and share your concerns. Most of the time, the things you're nervous about are just anticipated fears, rather than what's actually going to happen.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Radiation Therapy Updates featured Lydia T. Komarnicky, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in radiation therapy: the newest and best techniques, combining radiation therapy with other treatments, ways to manage, reduce or eliminate side effects, and more.

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