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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    • Timmr186
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    6 months 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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  1. about 1 year ago
    CTRivergal's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just finished 5 sessions of stereotactic radiation with a day off in between each session. Totally painless. The most uncomfortabl...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • martham
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Receiving chemo at the same time. Side effects are nausea and diarrhea.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • donnah6956
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    5 days of SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy)

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jenifer
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Three Cyberknife treatments to lung.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jenifer
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Three Cyberknife treatments to liver.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Lykestalaf
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pan...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I lost my appetite (first time EVER in my life I've experienced this) and I suffered from extreme fatigue all the time. No pain, j...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had 5 weeks of daily radiation along with oral chemo, Xeloada. Radiation was not too bad as far as no burns to site of radiation. ...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Navywife
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    It burns the skin and destroys surrounding internal areas. And makes you sick and for it minimal results for the tumor.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Russ
    • Experience with Adenosquamous Carcinoma, ...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation 5 days a week for the same 5 weeks as my 24/7 chemo. It was devastating, while I crawled on my hands and knees until...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • lanie516
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was pain free, just a nuisance to go 5 days a week for 5 weeks, and side effects were minimal if any. I was not sure if a...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • mjtatum
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My father's pancreatic cancer has metastasized to his spine. He will have his 10th radiation treatment today and praying for some p...

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