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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    • Actas
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    8 days ago
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    Accuboost

    Radiation

    Painful

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 14 days ago
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    Radiation

    If you like diarrhea it is a great experience

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SFBAY
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, Thy...
    14 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    The night of and the day after I swallowed the radiation tablet (50) I felt like I was burning from the inside out. It was unpleasan...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • lengelby
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    26 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Finished 33rd radiation treatment, last 5 were a boost radiation at the sight where the tumor was removed. The time went by fast. ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 26 days ago
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    Radiation

    I had my first of 15 radiation treatments today. It was a little scary when mask was clamped down over my head and chest. It felt ve...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    27 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    More bone mets but in my left ischium and left side of sacrum and iliac. From the first treatment the pain was excruciating and onl...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    27 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 15 radiation treatments to my cervical spine. It caused me a great deal of pain and fatigue for those three weeks but it grad...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    27 days ago
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    Savi

    Radiation

    It was good to have radiation completed in just a week but it was painful having the Savi device implanted in me for that week. It ...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 27 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very fatigued

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gidgetsmom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Ca...
    28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I found the last two weeks of radiation awful. My skin looked like cooked bacon.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jane42
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    28 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I thought radiation would be the easy part. I was more fatigued and had constant diarrhea during radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 30 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    had 5 on my hip and arm for the tumors and pain increased daily which I complained about. now being charged many copays, Some times ...

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