Most of the side effects, which may occur during the treatment develop from other tissues/organs in the radiation area. The dosage used for pure symptom palliation is kept low to reduce the risk of acute side effects as much as possible.
The total radiation dose is most often at a level (3 Gy x 10), which reduces the risk of delayed side effects.
These patients are at late stage of their cancer. Frequent follow-up is important to achieve satisfactory reduction of symptoms.
Follow-up usually occurs locally at the referring hospital or general practitioner.