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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    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The most extreme procedure I have ever experience !!

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Full body radiation. Really painful, sometimes unbearable. Mouth sores, extreme diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, bones hurt, burning...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kelly56
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had Total Body Irradiation (TBI). To this day I am still dealing with its side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. almost 6 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I went through two rounds of radiation treatments do to relapsing,the first set was just concentrated on my spine and a much lower d...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • heidijena
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukem...
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    March March 29, 2008 Total Body Radiation = 120mins complete

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • riffraff
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leu...
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Horrible, lost 25 lbs weight, lost hair, grandma made favorite food but it tasted like tinfoil, no energy, pariah in junior high an...

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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. about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation stopped as Lymphoma in other parts of body growing too fast for localized treatment. Back to R-Chop

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Moondancer
    • Experience with AML with Maturation...
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    TBI for transplant

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • harley
    • Experience with AML Related to Previous...
    over 6 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    very tired after treatments

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Kemo
    • Experience with T-Cell, Acute Lymphocytic...
    about 7 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Heavy radiation for 2 weeks.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kemo
    • Experience with T-Cell, Acute Lymphocytic...
    about 7 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Age three to six constant radiation to spinal cord.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. about 7 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I received radiation for a short period, probably in my second year of treatments, but I can't say for sure. The radiation treatmen...

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