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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    • np33
    • Experience with Nasopharyngeal Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    35 hits -7 weeks of treatment.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Chriso
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    35 days pelvic radiation following hysterectomy and oopherectomy resulting from metastases. No side effects at time of therapy but t...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • cherie64
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    over 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    i had brachytherapy HDR and ended up having radiation necrosis , spent 6 months in an oxygen chamber , 2 hours a day , 5 days a week...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Skyzlimit
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocyto...
    over 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    My husband started radiation and temodar today. Not sure what to expect other than we were told he would experience a lot of fatigue...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Mjones
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    initial side effects are minimal today after 1st of 30 sessions. Will be headed to get his second round of chemo tomorrow after 2nd ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  1. over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Got my plastic body mold today. Also got scanned and my dot tattoos. Test run next week and actual radiation will begin next Thursda...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • coco1101
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    Nothing I would wish on anyone else. I had typical radiation for breast cancer 25 years ago. In 2012 I had Stereotactic Body Radios...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Ray214
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    over 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Starts on Monday.

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

    Radiation

    If everything is like this I will be extremely lucky.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • stellwat
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    started radiation Monday march 2nd will share my experience as I continue this journey,

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • queenkak
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Weighing in at a whopping 103 radiation FRIED my nerve endings and internal organs. I was only told that I would feel a little tire...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    35 treatments

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