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. 12 days ago
    RhondaWoman71's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    2 weeks into radiation - I was zapped of energy. took months to fully get it back

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    12 days ago
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    External and internal

    Radiation

    had 30 external sessions of radiation and 5 times had brachytherapy which is internal.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jbro
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    13 days ago
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    radioactive iodine -131 treatment

    Radiation

    three weeks on low iodine diet and extreme hypothyroidism to prepare for "the pill". Three days in isolation was the worst part and...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • BILLY22
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    22 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    28 rounds no problems

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Painless, quick (-ish). Externally had 'sunburn' like damage to lower back - skin was red and sensitive, could not lie on my back. ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Dppm1124
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Ur...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    5 weeks of radiation..ending October 22, 2019.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    hope to start it 10-7-19

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Sydney94
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    So incredibly tired during this treatment.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • warrenmf
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    about 1 month ago
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    Radiation

    After hearing of all the possible side effects it went much better then expected.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. about 1 month ago
    BreastCancer17's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had burns and by the last 3 weeks I either had to nap before driving home or needed someone to drive me

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • deg
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation (Instensity modulated)

    Radiation

    I was really concerned - so much so I documented my 40 treatments on video and posted clips on www.theprostatecancercoach.com. Hope ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • cam
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    33 radiations painful at the end of treatment

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