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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    • Anno
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Stopped cancer in hip and back

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • rlfuller7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pros...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    Demolished two growths, one on spine and one on hip bone. Total of 8 treatments. No side effects at all.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Nikkii
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Other

    Radiation

    I’ve had breast radiation, eye radiation, and gamma knife radiation on brain twice so far.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Alwaysme00
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My mother underwent 15 whole brain radiation treatments in 3 weeks

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • lmcvety
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Burt badly. Created boil in the middle of my ches that had to be lanced and now have yet another visible “crater” from it. Radiolog...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • joybeth
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Experience a great deal of fatigue following radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • D-14
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft Tiss...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I worked fulltime during radiation treatments, my appointment was at 4:45 pm each day. Side effects included a very bad sunburn (I'...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Megan75
    • Experience with Medulloblastoma
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    30 Proton treatments. It’s mentally and physically exhausting.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Cacmk
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Ca...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Bladder and intestinal issues,slowly recovering. Vaginal tissue healing

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jabear
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma with Squ...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation didn’t hurt my husband when having it. It was after it was done it hurt and he had a lot of nausea, upset stomach, troubl...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Carole7373
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Getting the radiation wasn't painful. The pain came after a couple of weeks. Extreme pain when urinating and having BM...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KChamp
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Pain relieved after 5 days out of 10 treatments

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