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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    • DonnaLisa
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    4 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My radiation onco suggested 6 weeks for Stage 1A, Estrogen +, with clear margins and Zero lumph nodes involved. A friend who is a ra...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • JeanneTod
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    9 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The burning of my groin muscles has been a major recovery issue.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Pablo
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    14 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    A follow up PET scan showed the lymph nodes in the abdomen were still clear in November of 2015, but the supraclavicular (above the ...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Katgilm
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    15 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I didn't find the radiation difficult except the 5 day a week sessions and fatige

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • gailk
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    24 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 5 weeks of daily radiation. The first 3 weeks had no impact except for tiredness. Starting the end of week 3, I began developi...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • NMFELINE
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    26 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    RADIATION SAPS MY ENERGY.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Week 4 of 6

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Debbiebo
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    about 1 month ago
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    Radiation

    After surgery, Drs suggested radiation then chemo, had 35 treatments, first 28 fine, last 7 burnt me up!! Was in Hyperbaric chamber ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    3 Comments
    • myunclejim
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    This was part of a clinical trial.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Tamrarose
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I burned really badly in the latter half of my radiation. I'm really glad i discovered using hpney on my burns.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Lolabell
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I'm neutral on painless only because I did get "sunburned" & in turn blistered some. I was given Silvadene cream and used emu oil Aq...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • gzwisern
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    33 rounds of radiation to my mid chest. Have lymph node next to Trachea they found the lung cancer. Only one. Finished radiation Mon...

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