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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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Right lung radiation: Couldn't breathe unless I lay on my right side, had trouble eating solid food, coughed up lots of blood

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • maximom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Very fair skinned so I burned easily. The impact of going everyday for 6 weeks disrupted my daily schedule, as I had to stay in a h...

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Branny_7
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stoma...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This part of treatment was the most difficult for me. I was very weak. Only had enough energy to walk about 10 feet to the bathroom....

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

    Radiation

    Had prostatectomy 4 years ago. PSA rose to 0.12 over last several months and just started radiation treatments on former Prostate ar...

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    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • krafty76
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Decided after stopping chemotherapy to go ahead with the recommended radiation therapy. It is going well. After a couple of days of...

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

    Radiation

    I had 3 chemo treatments and 48 radiation treatments I think the radiation really kick my butt

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Pro
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus ...
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was not as bad as I thought it would be. I had 6 weeks , 5 days a week. The affect allowed me to eat more because the tum...

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

    Radiation

    Fatigue and the burning from radiation

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

    Radiation

    My radiation began on Jan. 6, 2017 and end on Feb 3, 2017. I noticed I did feel tired and had to take naps after treatments, but th...

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

    Radiation

    was lucky blisters never broke, was blistered front and back of top right chest

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

    Radiation

    33 sessions. Once a day. Monday- Friday. First 28 were a full radiation to the lymph nodes and tumor site. So 3 sections. Back of ...

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

    Radiation

    Full brain radiation

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