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.

    • Mimi4863
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 14 hours ago
    Mimi4863's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Holding arms up hurting shoulder I was in tears of shoulder pain. Also as a modest person was so embarrassed sowing my breasts, losi...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    4 Comments
  1. about 20 hours ago
    Grigb2105's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Tiredness at 9th treatment need 18

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Dianepar
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    6 days ago
    Dianepar's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Only 9 days up alleviate pain. Was successful

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Joshwa
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    7 days ago
    Joshwa's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Difinitive Radiotherapy December 18th 2017 to January 8th 2018, roughly... Had my mask made the same day we decided to go for radia...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Shellecj
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    7 days ago
    Shellecj's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Just started radiation treatments due to tumor on my T11 caused the vertabrate to collapse. My first chemo treatments are to start n...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • karinelsen
    • Experience with Nasal Cavity and Pa...
    7 days ago
    karinelsen's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 33 treatments of proton radiation at Loma linda University Medical Hospital.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Heather50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    11 days ago
    Heather50's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    On the struggle bus more with radiation than I was with chemo five years ago. Loss of appetite, fatigued and sometimes plagued with ...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. 11 days ago
    debbettencourt's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    Felt tired, fatigue,

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  3. 14 days ago
    Gardengirl333's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    2nd degree radiation burns...Very painful

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Lex88
    • Experience with Large Cell Neuroendocrin...
    14 days ago
    Lex88's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    I underwent 25 radiotherapy sessions, over 5 weeks. Targeted at my pelvic region. Again, no cancer was present on the MRI scan befor...

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • CharlieD
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    17 days ago
    CharlieD's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    My radiation oncologist and the team were very compassionate and caring.

    Read More

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Payton
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    18 days ago
    Payton's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    + radiation burns. Very painful

    Read More

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