The way pelvic radiotherapy affects people depends the type of cancer, the dose of radiotherapy given, and whether it is external beam or internal radiotherapy. Some possible side effects are:
- effects on the skin
- changes to the bladder
- intestinal changes
- urinary problems in men
- effects in women, such as premature menopause
Many of these side effects can be managed successfully and will begin to improve a few weeks after the treatment is done. Your cancer doctor, specialist nurse, or radiographer will explain the most probable side effects for people in your situation.