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 1 year ago
    Farnsy54's Avatar

    Radiation

    Side effects come in a year or two after radiation because of the radiation now I have COPD the end stages of it

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Raynbow
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Caused horrendous side effects both short & long term

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Zainmom
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervic...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This does have an impact on my daily life due to treatment being an hour away. Physically this treatment has not had any side effect...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Doctor says no more radiation...not good and had enough already.

    Radiation

    No radiation...Dr. Vollmer says no more radiation...had enough radiation for pancreatic cancer 19 years ago.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  2. over 1 year ago
    Michelle2018's Avatar

    Proton Therapy

    Radiation

    Horrible burns

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. over 1 year ago
    Gwenpeppers50's Avatar

    Radiation

    After chemo has to have 6 weeks don't know what to expect

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Ruhmer
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very hard to do both chemo and radiation at same time. Very hard.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Timmr186
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 1 year ago
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    Radiation

    Nausea, weakness

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    over 1 year ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Because once again at the sensitivity of the vaginal and rectal area the impact of the radiation was very severe. Basically it was w...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • cards7up
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    I only had 5 SRS treatments per the two tumors. I had esophagitis that lasted around 1 week after completing.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Lindie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Yttrium-90 microsphere radioembolization

    Radiation

    Getting ready to start this treatment

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    1 Comment
    • cly
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    32 rounds of radiation and 2 boosts to breast and nodes

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