Experiences with Radiation

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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    • LJJ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Was like a severe sunburn which has abated but still slightly darker skin.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 2 days ago
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    Radiation

    I had 3 less than I was suppose to because I was burned so bad. It also changed the rhythm of my heart from Normal sinus to LBBB. ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Cyn61
    • Experience with Pleural, Mesothelioma
    4 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very high does for 5 days but helped, took some recovery.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • suzbri
    • Experience with Ganglioglioma
    6 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Much greater loss of hair than expected. Fatigue

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 9 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Currently going through radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 9 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The only thing that I experienced was that about 30 mins after the radiation I started to feel nauseous so I had meds that I would t...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • LizzieAZ
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    10 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This is only my second day of radiation so can't really give a truthful experience. Still recovering from chemo as far as being fat...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Trego
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    11 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I went for treatment on my lunch hour. I really didn't experience any side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Pinkzilla0
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    18 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I received five more weeks of radiation- receiving my life time fill of radiation. I start 5 F U on February 13th 2017.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • cmjewell
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    19 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced a lot of fatigue.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Kurious
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    20 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Last treatment was on Feb. 3, 2017. Seems the last 3 treatments left very uncomfortable burning rash to my skin...like a bad sunbur...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 21 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    16 treatments, every week day, interrupted daily routine, all technicians, clericle staff, nurses, doctors extremely nice and caring

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