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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    • jnine
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    1 day ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    it was 33 days with weekends off. i couldnt get up to go about half. i just wanted to sleep

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    3 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I just completed my 7th radiation treatment so I can't really say because I was told the side effects, if any, come between 2-4 week...

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

    Radiation

    I had 39 radiation treatments in 2010 for head and neck cancer. Currently have NSCC. I had 20 radiation treatments. The treatments I...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Dingbat
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    12 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just in 2nd week so a bit unknown.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Linr
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    17 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I loved my radiation team & my radiation doctor. My doc took a lot of time explaining what was going to happen. The only surprise wa...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Roni50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    21 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Now am having side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    22 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The most extreme procedure I have ever experience !!

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Vaughnn
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    25 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I decided to forego chemo and go to radiation (16 treatments) as I was already having mobility issues, edema, falling, weight gain, ...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Pscott29
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    25 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    No side effec5s

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    25 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had some skin sloughing off, but I only had 5 treatments but the doses were extremely high, its one year later and I am still expe...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • rahlf43
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    27 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    after 17 0f 33 treatments i needed a feeding tube, mouth was full of sores, couldn't swallow even liquids. This caused a one week br...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Burned bad enough that the doctor cut it short by 5 treatments. Had to be referred to wound clinic.

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