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 1 month ago
    Shellykay's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    At the end I had burnt quite a bit and afterwards I was in a lot of pain but I am very light skinned.I had 33 treatments.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • zumewing
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 1 month ago
    zumewing's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Whole brain radiation 14 times and tumor site radiation for 6 sessions for metastasis to the brain. Radiation treatments have a last...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • kasiasart
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 1 month ago
    kasiasart's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation made me very tired. I usually took an hour long nap in the car before returning to work. Thanks to fresh aloe and Triderma...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    about 1 month ago
    sharkbayte's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had high doses over a very short period. Its been 4 weeks post radiation and I am still dealing with side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Denise
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 months ago
    Denise's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had breath controlled radiation to a tumor on my left hilar bronchial area--it was pushing on my air way and making it difficult t...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    2 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My oncologist presented my case to the tumor committee after 5 cycles of chemo with targeted therapy. The committee recommended two ...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • MECTracy64
    • Experience with Mucoepidermoid Carc...
    2 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was not given pain control because I had a horrible Radiation Oncologist. I had sores, terrible pain and difficulty swallowing.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 2 months ago
    Steelebones' Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Full body radiation. Really painful, sometimes unbearable. Mouth sores, extreme diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, bones hurt, burning...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kelly56
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia...
    2 months ago
    Kelly56's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had Total Body Irradiation (TBI). To this day I am still dealing with its side effects.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • blancorq2
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
    blancorq2's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I am presently going through radiation and am experiencing a lot of pain on my throat that I can barely swallow.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jeannief
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    3 months ago
    jeannief's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Starting 2/13/2018 for 16 days.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • dumbo
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Stromal...
    3 months ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was in remission for a year during 2014.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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