Experiences with Radiation

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Radiation therapy is one of the most common drug treatments that uses high-energy particles or waves to destroy fast-spreading cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used with other forms of treatment. Radiation therapy is given in two ways: external beam radiation therapy and internal radiation therapy. Common side effects for radiation therapy include fatigue, skin changes, and loss of appetite. Some patients experience no side effects; side effects depend on diagnosis, stage, where you get the radiation, and your body. Because everyone’s body is so different, what you’re really wondering is - ‘How will my body react to radiation therapy?’.

One of the first rules of undergoing radiation therapy treatment is to keep your doctor informed about every side effect. Some of the side effects may be normal, but it is important to pay attention to any rare side effects. WhatNexters have shared that they have been fatigued, had to change their diet, nausea, mouth sores, and some have had very little side effects. Radiation therapy may seem like a shot in the dark. The side effects are hard to pinpoint, and you may not know what you’re dealing with until you get right in the middle of treatment. The best insights on radiation therapy come from all the members that have been through it themselves. Search what others have experienced, post your questions, and get firsthand insights on what you may be able to expect with your specific radiation therapy.

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    • Denise
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had breath controlled radiation to a tumor on my left hilar bronchial area--it was pushing on my air way and making it difficult t...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    6 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My oncologist presented my case to the tumor committee after 5 cycles of chemo with targeted therapy. The committee recommended two ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • MECTracy64
    • Experience with Mucoepidermoid Carc...
    7 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was not given pain control because I had a horrible Radiation Oncologist. I had sores, terrible pain and difficulty swallowing.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • nannyglo
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    7 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    have a little issue with swallowing now and then but nothing i cannot deal with. this was due to the area radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  1. 7 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Full body radiation. Really painful, sometimes unbearable. Mouth sores, extreme diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, bones hurt, burning...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 9 days ago
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    Other

    Radiation

    I had both external and internal pelvic radiation 33 rounds it was horrible it just burns you inside and out especially where you di...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kelly56
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia...
    9 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had Total Body Irradiation (TBI). To this day I am still dealing with its side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • blancorq2
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    10 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I am presently going through radiation and am experiencing a lot of pain on my throat that I can barely swallow.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jeannief
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    19 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Starting 2/13/2018 for 16 days.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • dumbo
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Stromal...
    26 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was in remission for a year during 2014.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 5 treatments to the back of my neck on the left side, to help control cancer in that area. But now my left arm is in so much p...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Ronin
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    still having digestive side effects after being off 3 weeks

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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