Effects of Radiation Therapy on Skin

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Memorial Sloan Kettering dermatologist Mario Lacouture says that skin irritation is a common side effect of radiation therapy. Topical corticosteroids can reduce irritation and inflammation during and immediately after treatment. Dr. Lacouture recommends having a periodic skin evaluation to identify and treat long-term side effects of radiation therapy, such as discoloration, dilated blood vessels, and dry or flaky skin.