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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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had some skin sloughing off, but I only had 5 treatments but the doses were extremely high, its one year later and I am still expe...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • rahlf43
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    after 17 0f 33 treatments i needed a feeding tube, mouth was full of sores, couldn't swallow even liquids. This caused a one week br...

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

    Radiation

    Burned bad enough that the doctor cut it short by 5 treatments. Had to be referred to wound clinic.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. 3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Nothing to it. It relieved pain in my femur by reducing pressure. The bone would not heal without this easy 10 minute procedure.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • GoGo
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    First treatment will begin May 13. Will have 39 treatments.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  2. 3 months ago
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    Radiation

    Side effects come in a year or two after radiation because of the radiation now I have COPD the end stages of it

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Raynbow
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Caused horrendous side effects both short & long term

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

    Radiation

    This does have an impact on my daily life due to treatment being an hour away. Physically this treatment has not had any side effect...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    3 months ago
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    Radiation

    No radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3 months ago
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    Proton Therapy

    Radiation

    Horrible burns

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 3 months ago
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    Radiation

    After chemo has to have 6 weeks don't know what to expect

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ruhmer
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very hard to do both chemo and radiation at same time. Very hard.

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