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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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    3 months 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
    1 Comment
    • 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
    0 Comments
    • Suekg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    7 months ago
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    Radiation

    Excruciating pain. Remarkable oncology hospital staff, humor and resilience,with unwavering faith kept me alive

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. 9 months ago
    Shaunagirl's Avatar

    Radiation

    I haven't started it yet, but I know that the radiation is so close to delicate skin that it will be miserable for the next few mont...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    1 Comment
  2. 10 months ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Why I answered the way that I did: The radiation treatments themselves were painless. Radiation burns were inside and out. I was...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • quimerae
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    10 months ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    I had 42 sessions of IMRT radiation. It was greuling, and I am disabled from it (and surgeon error). To have one's privates fried is...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • lionluv
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    should not have done radiation, really messed up my body, still cant walk good, constant pain in butt

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

    Radiation

    Went to XXX and back...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Pablo
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    about 2 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    A follow up PET scan showed the lymph nodes in the abdomen were still clear in November of 2015, but the supraclavicular (above the ...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    1 Comment
  4. almost 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have significant and life-altering damage due to radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • NanaT
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Anal Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    I am just starting my third day in so as of now thing are just getting started.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • TexasBecky
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Radiation

    I had no reaction until tx 25 of 32. Almost made it to the end. As tx progressed, the field was narrowed each week, I'm in my last...

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