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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    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    8 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Was able to work for the 1st week, then I started foaming at the mouth like a rabid animal. Also nightly gag fest. Thick saliva.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Krafty
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Proton Radiation

    Radiation

    Had to stop treatment for 8 days because burns were so bad. The good news is that skin recovers quickly!

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Mmnn
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    11 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    July 2019

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Kerri509
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    11 days ago
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    External radiation (Proton beam)

    Radiation

    43 radiation treatments likened to a bad sunburn

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • smlroger
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    18 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    six treatments at specific locations in spine, hips and ribs. Easy no problem.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • suntboy
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    21 days ago
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    Radiation

    Whilst the procedure is painless the aftermath is red raw both phsically and mentally

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • pompeysh1a
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    22 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    From 11/22-12/07/16 a XRT 50 Gy to enlarging right infrahilar lymph node was discovered. It caused mass effect on multiple bronchi.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  1. 22 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    for me radiation was not a “walk in the park” like i had heard. after week 2 i started getting sick and extremely tired along with t...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • CMD2019
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    25 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Currently dealing with skin irritation in the arm pit. Quite painful at times. Have been applying calendula cream , which is helpful

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    10/29;2018 -12/17/2018. 6 weeks. 5 days a week Radiation to my right femur. Large burn on back of leg. Fatigue.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Orchid06
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had brain radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • FayP
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was only able to tolerate (barley) 17 of 33 prescribed treatments as I burned badly.

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