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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    • RoxyMom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had bad skin peeling under the reconstructed breast. Had to postpone radiation for a week. Had to cut down time at work to 4-5 hr da...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Dmcaly
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 42 radiation treatments, done daily Mon-Fri. About an hour after treatment a massive wave of fatigue would hit me. The burns t...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Suekg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    7 months ago
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    Radiation

    Excruciating pain. Remarkable oncology hospital staff, humor and resilience,with unwavering faith kept me alive

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • jnine
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Radiation

    Cancer does not ever have minimal impact

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

    Radiation

    Never had hip pain until I had radiation. Now I have constant pain.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Ellenat190
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    7 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Just starting

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ellenat190
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Everything was swollen....nausea, mild vomiting, diarrhea

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • BruceB
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    12/12/2018 --- radiation treatments start today. I've got my tattoos so they know where to aim the beams, and the "body mold" to li...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Ranrose
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have a 138 mile round trip that takes an impact on how you feel.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • TerriL
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I go today (12/5/18) for a CT scan to prepare for radiation. I will start next week. I will also start an oral chemo drug since af...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Lehigh
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    8 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Being wrapped in extremely tight plastic not able to move . Longest session was 2 hours long.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation burns early on so I had to put silverdine burn cream on every day. It was painful but I got through it

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