Video: Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome

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Although radiation therapy is often an effective method for killing cancer cells, it can also damage nearby blood vessels that nourish muscles, nerves, and bones, says cancer rehabilitation specialist Michael Stubblefield of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This can result in a progressive condition called radiation fibrosis syndrome, which causes a variety of complications affecting nerves, muscles, and bones. A number of factors, including the patient’s age during treatment, other treatments he or she may have received, and the patient’s overall health, can have an impact on the onset and severity of this condition.