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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    • mrcytech
    • Experience with Testicular Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Extreme exhaustion, abdominal pain, caused excessive adhesions in my abdominal/pelvic region.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SAndo1
    • Experience with Testicular Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    radiotherapy was necessary

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • bp0023
    • Experience with Classical Seminoma, Tes...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I had my lymphnodes in my back radiated after my first time around. The second time I cannot have anymore radiation and chemo was th...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Voltronx
    • Experience with Testicular Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After chemo. Radiation. Wasn't as bad as chemo. But there were still side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. over 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    was going great til was told I was overdosed with radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  2. almost 7 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Bless his heart. My husband is a truck driver and this was a painful process for him. Before, during and after. Still, he would go g...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • kgalyean
    • Experience with Testicular Cancer
    about 7 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation made me extremely tired and also made me lose my appetite throughout the day.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. about 7 years ago
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    Whole Brain Radiation

    Radiation

    He has been a little nauseas and weak, but is performing normally for the most part.. we are not finished yet. keep praying!!

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • prabu
    • Experience with Classical Seminoma, Test...
    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • shorty1981
    • Experience with Non-Seminoma, Testi...
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • LeoLee0102
    • Experience with Seminoma, Testicula...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • SAndo1
    • Experience with Testicular Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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