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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    • mr114750
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Oral Cavity...
    about 15 hours ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This had to be the worst experience as my neck was burned and my throat was even worse, I could not eat and had to have a feeding tube

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

    Radiation

    burning and peeling were not explained a whole lot. Doctors seem to want to feel superior to you instead of empathetic

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    2 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Total body irradiation (TBI) to kill my failed marrow.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Poppins
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervic...
    3 days ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    Three day stay at UCSF. Long lasting side effect, stress fractures on the pelvic bone area due to weakness caused by radiation

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Poppins
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervic...
    3 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Six weeks of radiation, with targeted chemo. Effects included extreme nausea, fatigue and dehydration. Low blood count as well.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • toosoon
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    3 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I only had pain after the last two treatments. 28 treatments total.

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

    Radiation

    30 straight days and eventually I was burned the pain .Right side and breast still sore .

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    I’m tumer free, had one on my r hip and lower spine , just some fatigue but otherwise only Five treatments.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Marii
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    6 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had 3 treatments the 3rd to stop headache lesion in skull bone. Ended up with sizable bald spot. I am wearing head wraps to cover....

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Vortex24
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    15 days ago
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    Low level Proton for 3 nodules caused during Laparoscopic 1/27/2017 now causing pain when bending over.

    Radiation

    will have 10 low level doses.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Momg
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    16 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was able to finish radiation, but had to do chemo as radiation did not do it’s job

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Gabbymom04
    • Experience with Adenoid Cystic Carc...
    17 days ago
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    Radiation

    Starting radiation August 8 2018.

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