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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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    rads for pain management both on chest wall and under right arms. which helped for pain but caused lymphodema to go crazy

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • TeresaL1
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I start my radiation treatments on Tuesday. I’m already exhausted. Won’t the treatments make me tired also?

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    8 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    3 rounds of internal radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • PitbullDad
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation is the gift that keeps on giving. Ten years later, major dental problems. Oncologist believes it CAUSED my subsequent thr...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    8 weeks 5 days a week

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • TomB
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas,...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    New radiation equipment not properly calibrated caused excessive damage to sinus and saliva glands and caused scarring in throat, wi...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Michi
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I am fair skinned so I burned quite badly; saline soaks were a lifesaver

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    8 sessions of SBRT

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • LauraRem
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Pain meds stopped working for none mets. Radiation treatment for 10 days initiated. After first week noticeable improvement. Has ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Debs3can
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 36 radiation treatments. The fatigue was not as bad as with chemo, but I was tired. Near the end of my treatment, I develope...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • RiaSC123
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My breast became a raw, red, open piece of meat within my first week of radiation & as I am allergic to every burn & antibiotic oint...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    8 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Received I-131 (radioactive iodine); received a total of 3 treatment doses over 3 years. I experienced some immediate side effects (...

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