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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    • Ranrose
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    5 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have a 138 mile round trip that takes an impact on how you feel.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • TerriL
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    7 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I go today (12/5/18) for a CT scan to prepare for radiation. I will start next week. I will also start an oral chemo drug since af...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Lehigh
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    9 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Being wrapped in extremely tight plastic not able to move . Longest session was 2 hours long.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation burns early on so I had to put silverdine burn cream on every day. It was painful but I got through it

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • cheryncp
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    11 days ago
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    None

    Radiation

    I have not had radiation so far.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • PCaAware
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    13 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Because it was difficult to find others who were willing to share I did a daily video journey on my 40 treatments - can be found at ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • RRC
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    18 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Will start in a couple of months

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Jado
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    23 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Esophagus got burned. Couldn't eat without taking liquid hydrocodone which made me sleepy

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • PLH
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    27 days ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    Radiation to spinal tumor

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • PLH
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation to primary tumor in upper right lobe

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • mandybruin
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I started radiation therapy to key spots on the left side of my body on 11/01/2018. It hasn’t been painful but I have noticed a feel...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • 2943
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Having to go 5 days a week for 6 weeks can put a strain on life, energy, etc.

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