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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    • lh25
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Getting to the treatment every day was challenging, combination of bus rides, husband and friends. Some side effects, fatigue and s...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • wand
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The most that bothered me during radiation that it burned under my arm and in the crease under my breast and when I would sweat it w...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I only had some issues with nausea meds they tried me on and got a bit blistered from the treatment. It made me very tired and kicke...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Gidgetsmom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I start on Halloween I bit nervous. Gone through two rounds od chemotherapy. Now facing 6 to 7 weeks of radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    2 Comments
    • Pattycakes
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    currently on 13 of 29. 3D Conformal Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sustar64
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervi...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I felt no pain and didn't experience any skin problems during or after treatment my only symptom was tiredness...exceptionally tired...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • gpr80
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagu...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I would get very tired in the afternoon. Eating at times felt like swallowing razor blades

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • lORIZZ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    13th radiation today 10-20

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  1. about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Sept. 21st had 1st of 16 radiation treatments. I finished October 12.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    2 Comments
    • Sunny22
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Finished 25 TX the end of Sept. 2016

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Ywhitton
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometria...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    external and internal was a piece of cake compared to chemo

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Ywhitton
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometria...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    also, had 5 rounds of internal rediation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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