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. 4 days ago
    QuirkyCercle's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Jcvg
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Radiation

    Will be beginning radiation beginning in December. Internal radiation, 5 treatments. Initial consult was unsettling, not on there en...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • angelap
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    11 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just started right breast radiation on Nov 6th. I should finish on Dec 5th and will update at that time. For these first 4 days, i...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Texrado
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma with Sq...
    12 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I could not eat for a long while. Skin burned badly. Used silverdean to ease pain.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 22 days ago
    Helen9092's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had blisters under my arm and breast for over a month

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    25 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My whole life is what I can see and do from bed

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Doxwyf
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    26 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Currently receiving. The positioning is difficult because I have scoliosis and bulging lumbar discs.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • spacec
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    26 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    developed lymphodema - permenant

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    27 days ago
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    Radiation

    So weak, just staying in bed, only making it to treatments

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

    Radiation

    I just got a burn in last two weeks of my radaitation it did hurt but this was a walk in the park compared to chemotherapy

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • tealsis
    • Experience with Granulosa Cell Tumor
    29 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The side effects were much worse than I thought they would be.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • image290
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Saliv...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was awful. I have 54 treatments to head and neck. Cancer is metastatic and went to lung. Cyber knife was used for lung.

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