Your child’s care team will help you anticipate what short- and long-term effects of proton therapy your child might experience. Much depends on the part of the body being treated, the size of the tumor, the types of healthy tissue next to the tumor, and whether your child will receive chemotherapy at the same time.
Short-term side effects usually are minimal. They may include skin irritation, nausea and fatigue. Patients who are receiving other forms of cancer treatment at the same time may experience additional side effects related to those treatments.
Long-term side effects related to proton therapy vary. But in general they are fewer and less severe than long-term effects related to traditional radiation therapy.