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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    • 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
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  1. 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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    • lengelby
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    started radiation on July 6 (6 1/2 weeks - 33 treatments). Just competed one week, so far so good. A little fatigue, but able to ke...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Melita
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I didn't have radiation after mastectomy. According to the oncologyst wasn't necessary cause my lymph nodes were not taken. Two yea...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    A seroma appeared, aspirated but came back. The most uncomfortable part was the radiation rash which is improving after one week of...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Alisq
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    MY RADIATION TREATMENTS WEREN'T BAD UNTIL AFTER 10 DAYS. THAT'S WHEN I HAD BURNING ON MY CLAVICLE AREA. THE DOCTOR HAD ME BUY AN OI...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I received 30 days of radiation: 25 whole breast and 5 target boost days. My skin irritation was moderate and has been changing bac...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • roger32
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    March 21st 2017 began radiation treatments in chest area

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

    Radiation

    Lymph nodes and margins clear and Oncotype score only a 3-no cemo!!!!! 22 days of radiation including 7 boosters. Excellent staff. ...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • bboop21
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I felt great during radiation, Biggest challenge was going every day Monday thru Friday.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • In512
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was my first experience of cancer treatment...5 days...five 20 minutes procedures...week before operation. Well..it was p...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Everything was okay. Burning was controlled with Aquafor at the beginning then Silvadine & Lidocaine towards the end. Then got a te...

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