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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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 15 radiation treatments to my cervical spine. It caused me a great deal of pain and fatigue for those three weeks but it grad...

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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 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very fatigued

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gidgetsmom
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I found the last two weeks of radiation awful. My skin looked like cooked bacon.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jane42
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I thought radiation would be the easy part. I was more fatigued and had constant diarrhea during radiation.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    had 5 on my hip and arm for the tumors and pain increased daily which I complained about. now being charged many copays, Some times ...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • drehmmsw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Mostly emotionally distressful.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Liza63
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Mostly tired

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Ashera
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiated C...
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation began Jan 2016 for 6 weeks. I was still so fatigued from the heavy weeks of chemo, then the surgery - so when the radiati...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Santafe
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    11 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    SBRT to liver and bone mets

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Suzebaron
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast ...
    12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The tattoo without local anesthesia was the worst experience.

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • lbrettman
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    38 Radiation treatments, five per week for 6-7 weeks

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. 12 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiation in the beginning was more a mental problem. Tough to go everyday and face the oncology sign. I was face down to get th...

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