Experiences with Radiation

list of acronyms

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.

Don't forget to view our Beginner's Guide to Cancer.

  1. about 14 hours ago
    mfsebreze's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation for me was hard. I had problems lying on my back on the hard table. I still have redness and swelling in my breast 2 yea...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • KirstinO
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervi...
    1 day ago
    KirstinO's Avatar

    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    I had to have 5 internal radiations and each one required a spinal block. While the staff was fantastic, the spinal was painful dep...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • KirstinO
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervi...
    1 day ago
    KirstinO's Avatar

    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Ironically, I was afraid of the chemotherapy but radiation took more of a toll on my body and spirits. Not to say there were NO sid...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. 2 days ago
    hollyccarter's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Palliative radiation to bone mets.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  3. 2 days ago
    hollyccarter's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks of radiation.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Neri
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    2 days ago
    Neri's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had 2 cycles of radiation thus far - 2008: 10 sessions to the spine & 2018: 5 sessions each to both the left & right humerus

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Donny
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    3 days ago
    Donny's Avatar

    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    I am always cold and tired! Also hospital did full brain radiation, older protocol instead of tartgeted radiation which I was told ...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Kaylia
    • Experience with Primary Mediastinal B-C...
    3 days ago
    Kaylia's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    After chemo I had a PET scan which showed a very small area of lymphoma remaining. This meant 15 sessions of radiotherapy. The w...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sellersgrl
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast...
    7 days ago
    Sellersgrl's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced extensive burning. Third degree burns that caused skin necrosis leading to removal of reconstructed breast.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 13 days ago
    Plusmindset's Avatar

    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Jaunt finished radiation to the fracture area. Was told I wouldn't experience side effects until starting about a week or 2 afterwar...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • AnnC
    • Experience with Fibrosarcoma, Adult Soft ...
    15 days ago
    AnnC's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just getting ready to start radiation treatment don’t know how this will be

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  5. 17 days ago
    ChesterBenn's Avatar

    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Not nearly as bad as external rad.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. 8
  8. 9
  9. 10
  10. 11
  11. 83
  12. 84