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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    • Memorrow1
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    7 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Fatigue, flare up of pain in the targeted area, minimal nausea

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

    Radiation

    Wasn’t bad

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • isnoop
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Extreme fatigue

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    11 months ago
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    SBRT

    Radiation

    Cancer in liver reoccurred. Removed at UF by SBRT. Cancer free for the moment.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    11 months ago
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    SBRT

    Radiation

    Cancer free after treatment and at 6 month follow up.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    11 months ago
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    SBRT

    Radiation

    Had SBRT radiation due to reoccurrence after liver surgery.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • hscancer
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 25 sessions of radiation end of August through September. Compared to chemotherapy, I tolerated it much better. I was tired a ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • rethaj8423
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My husband had 35 sessions of targeted radiation to his neck for stage 2 laryngeal cancer and the only word to describe is brutal. H...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    More of an inconvenience than anything as I had to drive 45 mins to and from the treatment center for a 5-min procedure daily for 10...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The initial treatment isn't bad if you really adhere to applying aloe and burn cream hourly. But the long term effects are bad. The ...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Wagon
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had my 1st radiation treatment August 18, 2020

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Lindac5125
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    about 1 year ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Had Y-90 in December. Had MRI’s in March and June showing tumor is shrinking. Another scheduled in September.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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