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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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    4 days ago
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    Radiation

    I am praying that the external beam radiation and 5 brachytherapy sessions will help my reoccurring cancer. I really appreciate the...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • DLA1965
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cancer, ...
    12 days ago
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    Radiation

    I start next week. Radiation to my pelvis and abdomen.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Hyedr
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    15 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Towards the end was awful. Have rads four times.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Gabbymom04
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sal...
    16 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was not what I expected it to be like. Mon - Fri I had treatment. Laying there with a mask on, mouthguard in place, bitin...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    16 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I went for my 2nd brachytherapy today and I learned something I did not know. Every time you have a brachytherapy treatment, it is ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  1. 17 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    It was XXX

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • betheboo
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    18 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Attended 28 sessions five days a week

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 18 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    It is exhausting going in every day

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • GrandmaOM
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    19 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Did simulation and mapping. Will share more after first week of treatment.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    19 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    You all were right. My brachytherapy did not hurt! Now I don't have to dread my other four treatments.Thank God. And thank you all...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jnine
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    23 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    it was 33 days with weekends off. i couldnt get up to go about half. i just wanted to sleep

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • caralyn
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) ...
    24 days ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I just completed my 7th radiation treatment so I can't really say because I was told the side effects, if any, come between 2-4 week...

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