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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    • Donny
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    about 22 hours ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    I am always cold and tired! Also hospital did full brain radiation, older protocol instead of tartgeted radiation which I was told ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Kaylia
    • Experience with Primary Mediastinal B-C...
    1 day ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After chemo I had a PET scan which showed a very small area of lymphoma remaining. This meant 15 sessions of radiotherapy. The w...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Sellersgrl
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast...
    5 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced extensive burning. Third degree burns that caused skin necrosis leading to removal of reconstructed breast.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. 11 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Jaunt finished radiation to the fracture area. Was told I wouldn't experience side effects until starting about a week or 2 afterwar...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • AnnC
    • Experience with Fibrosarcoma, Adult Soft ...
    13 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just getting ready to start radiation treatment don’t know how this will be

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 15 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Not nearly as bad as external rad.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 15 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Slept all day and all night for what seemed like months. Got sick daily/hourly. Lost appetite completely, so became dehydrated.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Prostate
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    18 days ago
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    I M R T

    Radiation

    The treatment itself is not bad . You really don’t feel anything . But it’s the after treatment each day . You have urgency to pee ,...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 22 days ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    Tight burned skin on chest. Still painful two years later about to start more radiation in a week.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • rlfuller7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pros...
    24 days ago
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    External radiation (Three dimensional)

    Radiation

    Six years after Prostatectomy I was diagnosed with 2 cancer growths by a PMSA body scan at UCSF using radio tracer called Ga-68 . M...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Stevied07
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orop...
    26 days ago
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    Radiation

    Radiation has given me a submandibular tumor,and quickly turned into derma cancer!!!!

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    27 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    No fatigue during 25 treatments. Skin did not become raw and uncomfortable until treatment 20. Silvadane immediately so did not ge...

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