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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    • Prostate
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    6 months ago
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    I M R T

    Radiation

    The treatment itself is not bad . You really don’t feel anything . But it’s the after treatment each day . You have urgency to pee ,...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. 6 months ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    Tight burned skin on chest. Still painful two years later about to start more radiation in a week.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • rlfuller7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pros...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation (Three dimensional)

    Radiation

    Six years after Prostatectomy I was diagnosed with 2 cancer growths by a PMSA body scan at UCSF using radio tracer called Ga-68 . M...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Stevied07
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orop...
    6 months ago
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    Radiation

    Radiation has given me a submandibular tumor,and quickly turned into derma cancer!!!!

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    No fatigue during 25 treatments. Skin did not become raw and uncomfortable until treatment 20. Silvadane immediately so did not ge...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • rwinbourn
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Tired and anxious of machine it was uncomfortable the position i was in

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Bestie
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Some fatigue, site irritation during treatment weeks. Lots and lots of itching and irritation after treatments were completed

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Thycan
    • Experience with Follicular Variant (als...
    6 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    100 Mci of RAI, isolated in hospital two and a half days

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • rkatke
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    6 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    3 internal High Dose vaginal radiation

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Jivoulo65
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    Due to the radiation, I am having left sided weakness in my arm and leg. Going to physical therapy for it. I need a walker to get ar...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Vickyjowyo
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lun...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Too soon to know

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Rnoah2
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Burning from radiation, diarrhea

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