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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    • Bengal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Dr who to!d me "there's nothing to it" is an idiot. My "sunburn like" "rash" was excrutiating!

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

    Radiation

    In 1996 had a right breast lumpectomy due to breast cancer and 6 weeks of radiation.

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

    Radiation

    It took about 5 weeks for side effects to start, but they came on strong when they did.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Zonda71
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    4 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    35 sessions

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • malbarmu
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    4 months ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    Bracytherapy followed by radio therapy x 40

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • RhondaG
    • Experience with Acinic Cell Carcinoma
    4 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    There has been physical changes as I experience treatment with this condition.

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

    Radiation

    Treatments are ok. Technicians are all so nice. Some redness and soreness and now numbness to area. I haven't burned yet!

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    4 months ago
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    External radiation (Three dimensional)

    Radiation

    Very tired after the fourth week. The abdominal cramps began in the 7th week and diet restriction until 3 months after treatment en...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    4 months ago
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    Radiation

    I am praying that the external beam radiation and 5 brachytherapy sessions will help my reoccurring cancer. I really appreciate the...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • DLA1965
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cancer, ...
    4 months ago
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    Radiation

    I start next week. Radiation to my pelvis and abdomen.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Hyedr
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Towards the end was awful. Have rads four times.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Gabbymom04
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sal...
    5 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was not what I expected it to be like. Mon - Fri I had treatment. Laying there with a mask on, mouthguard in place, bitin...

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