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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  1. about 10 hours ago
    Blinkoshuman's Avatar

    Gamma Knife

    Radiation

    Very uncomfortable.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. about 10 hours ago
    Blinkoshuman's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Whole brain radiation. Terrible side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • BettyAl
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    1 day ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Since 1995, I have had four rounds of external radiation. Sometimes 4 weeks, others 2, or 7, depending on the seriousness of the tum...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 1 day ago
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    Radiation

    I haven't started it yet, but I know that the radiation is so close to delicate skin that it will be miserable for the next few mont...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • BettyAl
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I felt extremely tired. Had 5 weeks of radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Tina49
    • Experience with Adenoid Cystic (Adenocy...
    9 days ago
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    Radiation

    Chemo for 8 month radiation for 8weeks the first time now after every week of taxable now on Herseption

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • alicejo
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    10 days ago
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    Radiation

    Surgery, chemo and radiation has me very tired and now I need to have more radiation.. hoping to keep myself positive, not ready to ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 10 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    NO issues was told it was an Agressive ammount of Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 11 days ago
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    Radiation

    Blisters!!

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  6. 13 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I ended up with pneumonitis, either from chemo meds or radiation. I do not care. I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • manaman
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cel...
    17 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    35 rounds everyday for 7 weeks, loss of swallowing, eat with Feeding Tube, burned from inside out on neck, salvia glands are gone, n...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Sabata
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    17 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation itself was fine but going Monday through Friday for 33 sessions was disruptive to my daily routine. Especially having to ...

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