Experiences with External Radiation

Radiation Expierices



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. about 17 hours ago
    Barbarajunee's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Tumor pain

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. 2 days ago
    Lulubelle007's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Went to XXX and back...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jdsterne
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was Hospitalized for 2 weeks close to death, due to radiation damage to my left lung. I was diagnosed with BOOP, which is rare. I ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • lcompston
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not ...
    6 days ago
    lcompston's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation on neck for 6 weeks.

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • lcompston
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Nasopharyn...
    6 days ago
    lcompston's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation twice a day for 8 weeks

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 11 days ago
    Glitteryblue's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    had cyberknife in September 2017 to treat a spinal tumor in the L5

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • De-Nae
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    12 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I just started my Radiation Therapy Treatments. So I don't have any side effects or anything else going on yet. I will be updating a...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Melanie
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    21 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just made me really tired

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Lynchl53
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    24 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just as the chemo technicians, I could not have ask for more caring people that worked there. Lancaster Radiation Therapy.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Mommaz
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    25 days ago
    Mommaz's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    fatigue was bad

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Beeg2017
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    28 days ago
    Beeg2017's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Experienced esophogitis after treatment. Swallowing food felt like swallowing broken glass for about 2 weeks.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Desywilde
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    29 days ago
    Desywilde's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had a severe reaction to radiation but I do not regret the choice to go through with it.

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