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Side effects occur when healthy cells are damaged. Different chemotherapy and radiation treatments cause different side effects. Side effects may happen right away, a week to 10 days later, or even months to years later.
In general, the side effects from chemotherapy depend on the type and dosage. Side effects of radiation depend on which part of the body is treated. For example, if the hips receive radiation, only the skin, bone marrow, and hipbone may be affected. Your health care provider will talk with you about the side effects that your child may experience.