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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  1. 10 months ago
    2yearsncountn's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I ended up with pneumonitis, either from chemo meds or radiation. I do not care. I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • ReneeBee
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    burned my espghogus and made neck stiff

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    21 Gy to neck and chest for 15 days.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. almost 3 years ago
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    Proton external

    Radiation

    This experience is so much easier than the first time.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. over 3 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    18 rounds of pin point radiation to a chest mass, lymphs, and one lung.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • LisaCast
    • Experience with Nodular sclerosing
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation to my chest and neck front and back and found it to be a breeze. Just fatigue from it and a slight sunburn like irri...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • kholzer
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had to take breaks in order to heal enough to continue.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • KBorba
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was burned by the radiation and my stomach was also radiated. Now 11 years later the hair on the back of my neck (where radiated) ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Lupem
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Due to radiation therapy my thyroid was affected and my coratid arteries on both side of my neck have been affected. I have only hal...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. almost 5 years ago
    greytmomm's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Still having side effects 39 years later.

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

    Radiation

    Starting in August, I have 4 weeks (20 treatments) of radiation. The linear accelerator machine only takes about 3 minutes, a really...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • bethlynn
    • Experience with Classic Hodgkin Disease
    over 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    Another scary chapter in all this treatment. But it was fast & ok.

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