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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    • PattyP
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    about 1 month ago
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    Gamma Knife

    Radiation

    I received Gamma Knife surgery to brain after having tumor removed. They removed the remaining tissues and zapped addl lesions.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    So much rectal burns

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

    Radiation

    i had both breast removed it was stage one then found it in a lip node and it went to stage 2. had reconstruction a years ago. now ...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Jim917
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Intravenous radioactive drugs (radiopharmaceuticals)

    Radiation

    I have received three of six monthly Radium 223 (Xofigo). The Xgeva treatments are now every four months.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KevinB
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    2 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Am now strongly claustrophobic....ongiong dental compromise has been both costly , and now affects mastication of food

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • quijote
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prosta...
    3 months ago
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    12/18/2012 Consulted Radiation Oncologist

    Radiation

    Consulted Dr Chen radiation oncologist. Discussed radiation treatment options including possible side effects. Need to learn more ab...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After initial diagnosis I spent my first two weeks undergoing radiation treatment to my breast bone, to my hip, to my ribs, and to m...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • quimera
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Due to pre-existing conditions that made the 42- session radiation treatment necessary risky, I suffer from serious PRD (pelvic radi...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Blistering and burning for about 2 weeks out of 6

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 3 months ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    The tables were uncomfortable to lay on and i was going a few times a weeks for 8 weeks

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Created07
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Malignant melanoma found and taken care of when being seen by plastic surgeon

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Created07
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    external and internal

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