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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    • LauraRem
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    9 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
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    • Debs3can
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 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
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    • RiaSC123
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 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
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    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    9 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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    • Scoofer
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Intravenous radioactive drugs (radiopharmaceuticals)

    Radiation

    After 2 years on Lupron (ADT) PSA was rising so we tried Radium223 dichloride. Being chemotherapy naive, my body tolerated the drug...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Scoofer
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    9 months ago
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    External radiation (Instensity modulated)

    Radiation

    Surgical Radiologist offered to give me one 800 gy dose of radiation to my Sacrum. I’d lived everyday of the previous year with pai...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • BadLungs56
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    9 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Ended up with esophagitis and pneumonitis. Hospitalized 5 days.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • tenacity
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    9 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    forced into because of blockage. horrible burning. quit before full time they wanted.

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

    Radiation

    Caused extreme fatigue, but could've been complicated by my 40 lb. weight loss during chemo. Mid-way through I had shingles that ra...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • yumolita
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiated...
    10 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Only two weeks in so far I started to get bouts of nausea throughout the day but its manageable. My skin on my belly is starting to ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 10 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Did 25 radiation treatments. Really sick. Did not shrink it but held it at bay

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kellnerjfk
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    10 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Destroyed taste buds....salary glands... Never fully recover taste.... Weight loss.... Needed stomach tube to eat for 5 months!

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