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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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    6 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had some skin sloughing off, but I only had 5 treatments but the doses were extremely high, its one year later and I am still expe...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Vsinn2000
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Given the location of my tumor it was an extremely difficult and humiliating experience. I also had severe burns. The after effects...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had high doses over a very short period. Its been 4 weeks post radiation and I am still dealing with side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Started radiation treatment April 19, 2013. While lying on the table is the easy part, the after effects ARE NOT!

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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. over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Radiation

    haven't had it yet but is recomended

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Pelvic radiation is the pits. It has left physical damage...but I am alive, and that is the important thing! It saved my life.

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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. over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    About to start in next 2 weeks radiation to pelvis and bilateral groins with chemotherapy too possibly

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • inetladyj
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    First round of 25 was external beam. Second round of 20 (?) was Tomotherapy. So much easier as it was less side effects, no skin b...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • dot1212
    • Experience with Vulvar Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had 3 months of radiation, 5 days per week.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • YVONNE
    • Experience with Vulvar Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    there are some visible marks that are left behind. sometimes the treatment can be very painful when it is all done. its easy in the ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Pamela3
    • Experience with Vulvar Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Not sure on type of radiation. Mom did well.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • SMC
    • Experience with Verrucous Carcinoma, Vulva...
    over 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    palliative treatment

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