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. about 1 month ago
    IndianaNana's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Painful to be in position for targeting tumor. Ended up with oozing burns and weeks of healing.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • blancorq2
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I am presently going through radiation and am experiencing a lot of pain on my throat that I can barely swallow.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Photoelectric Therapy previously called SRT

    Radiation

    My father was 86 years young when diagnosed with a large BCC on the temporal region of his face. The PCP referred us to the EN&T su...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Edmund
    • Experience with Basal Cell Carcinoma, S...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The appearance of a minor sunburn nothing else, no surgery for Larry's father

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • czar215
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    While I had 8 rounds of external radiation and I know my side effects are nothing compared to others the exhaustion hit me.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • trixlou
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    about 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    gums have receded and teeth are falling out

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • TyPheKi
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    27 rounds over 6weeks with a weekly chemotherapy dose

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Fain
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation

    Loss of energy ,loss of self-confidence !

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • GrannyG
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation to my neck was ok to begin with but about the third week it started getting worse and worse. I no longer do radiation but ...

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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 4 years ago
    gethealthy2's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation to head and neck. Weakness, lost appetite, taste changed, sore throat and mouth, nausea and loss of weight.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Nancy7
    • Experience with Atypical/Agressive Basa...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    He had 6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. During radiation the worst side effect he had was fatigue. After it left him with a terri...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Alby65
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks (33 treatments) to front left of head. Tolerated well. Main issue is I had to be away from home and my wife had to quit work...

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