Side effects depend on the type of radiation, part of the body and how long treatment lasts. Some children have:
- Sensitive skin or other skin changes
- Sore mouth or throat
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Low levels of some types of blood cells
Your team can help your child manage side effects. Most go away after treatment is finished.
Sometimes radiation causes long-term problems. It can:
- Affect the way a child develops
- Cause infertility
- Cause tumors later in life
Our doctors and scientists are working to prevent those problems. They are looking for ways to:
- Give radiation in smaller doses
- Expose smaller areas to radiation
- Get radiation inside the body in new ways
We work with teens and young adults to help preserve their fertility if treatment might harm their ability to become parents.
If your child gets an implanted device or I-131-MIBG therapy, their body fluids (like pee and sweat) will give off radiation for several days. We take special steps to make sure your child gets the care they need while containing the radiation. To learn more, see: