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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    • inez25
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    about 16 hours ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Also one external radiation. Lymphoedema after radiation had caused difficulties with working but slowly adapting to life changes

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Aiyanna
    • Experience with Adenosquamous Carcinom...
    about 18 hours ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The steroids were the worst part it coused Bad swelling in feet and legs to point of leaking water everywhere lots of it

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Deana1
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    3 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was absolutely painless Most difficult part for me was loosing hair

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  1. 4 days ago
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    Radiation

    As I live another day, so grows the discomfort of internal radiation pain & severe radiation neuropathy!

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LP10
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal Carcin...
    4 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    2nd surgery was on the brain. Minimal side effects and radiation was a breeze.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 5 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I only had 3 days of red skin. I had asked Jesus if I only can get to experience it and that is what He gave me.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Taz
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    6 days ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    The ratio was a new experience, but it made the x26 consecutive radiation sessions quicker.....

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • barnett200
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    8 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Unable to take anything orally for 6-weeks (at least). Stomach tube placed

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • barnett200
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    8 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Unable to eat at all. Needed to have a stonach tube placed for feeding.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Mslalae319
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    12 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I wasn't aware of the small changes like taste of certain foods, smells, and cravings. I had a few skin reactions and challenges wi...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 13 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 2 small burns, 1 above the collarbone and the other under the arm where the positive node was. They healed well.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KS1020
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    14 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have just begun radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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