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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  1. over 4 years ago
    Annmidkiffmott's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I must sadly admit that Tom's former witty, brilliant and loving self has changed greatly as a result of his brain surgery and the r...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • keahemalie
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cance...
    over 4 years ago
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    cyber knife

    Radiation

    Did 5 sessions. The hardest part was laying still for approximately 2 hrs @ each session after a 1.5hr drive to get there! September...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • keahemalie
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cance...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    March 2014- 8 weeks of radiation tx. Had to wear face mold during sessions.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Some Reactions With Radiation With Bowels And Bone Pains

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jackiwalkr
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Have had 11 of 33 treatments. Just starting to change color and have one very small pin head size sore. Using Lubriderm and Bagbal...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • danpb13
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    very tired and a little sore from a rash. good though

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • DebbieI
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had total of 33 treatments, last 5 were boosts to mastectomy scar.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • ITs2015
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cancer, ...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Some pain from radiation on jaw. Also tired. cant swallow/chew etc

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • LuckyGirl
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The "agree" answers above refer to the radiation itself... If I answered about the set-up/sim process, answers would be at the other...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • cjduran
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Intracavity Radiation Source, 2 treatments 48 hours each, flat on hospital bed with catherder, 04/05/10 and 04/19/10.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • cjduran
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    02/12/10 thru 03/18/10 severe weight loss, from 140 to 79 lbs.

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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. over 4 years ago
    friscolover's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Painful experience for 8 weeks.

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