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.

Don't forget to view our Beginner's Guide to Cancer.

  1. about 1 year ago
    Triplenegsam's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    After 28 days, I thought it was a breeze. Then the burn started to open and spread covering my chest and under my arm. Painful! I...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Suzyg
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
    Suzyg's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very tired from radiation. Burning/peeling

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. about 1 year ago
    SusieB551's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I developed a nasty yeast infection from the radiation treatment that was hard to get rid of and was uncomfortable.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • katiefnp
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 1 year ago
    katiefnp's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    This was my second time having this area radio therapeuticly treated. This time, much better experience. Went to Dana-Farber level P...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Garlee
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 1 year ago
    Garlee's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Stayed in facility while this was done for 7 weeks

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • AngiB
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    about 1 year ago
    AngiB's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Daily, 5 minute visits for 4 weeks. There are lasting physical effects, but they don't bother me or cause problems.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • lORIZZ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
    lORIZZ's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I started external radiation october 4th..it went allright..

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Rockee
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 1 year ago
    Rockee's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Received radiation for 20 days, daily, minimal impact to daily live, discomfort, redness, swelling.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • slgammon
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    about 1 year ago
    slgammon's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Fatigue, shortness of breath, excessive sweating

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. about 1 year ago
    Whatsername's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I have significant and life-altering damage due to radiation.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. about 1 year ago
    angelweers' Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    9/20/16: Had first appt w/Radiation oncologist yesterday. Found out I will have 33 treatments. Felt very nervous and negative, not w...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Jose
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Stomach Cancer
    about 1 year ago
    Jose's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Having 6 weeks of radiation made my stomach extremely sick.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 6
  4. 7
  5. 8
  6. 9
  7. 11
  8. 13
  9. 14
  10. 15
  11. 16
  12. 83
  13. 84