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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    • Edmund
    • Experience with Basal Cell Carcinoma, S...
    about 5 hours ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The appearance of a minor sunburn nothing else, no surgery for Larry's father

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Mija1097
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    2 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This was my consult. I was going to have the aggressive 1 week radiation twice daily. Wasn't in the cards

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • stevent
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    13 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    My Xalkori stopped being effective around Thanksgiving, 2014. Scans showed MANY mets (metastases) in my brain and a spot in my tibi...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • kywysiwyg
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    16 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    prophylactic cranial radiation. Started this right after my hair was coming back in after chemo...then if fell out again, and it st...

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jamie
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    16 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Because I’m so pale, I did get painful radiation burns. It took us a while to find the right topical burn pain cream.

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    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • czar215
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    16 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    While I had 8 rounds of external radiation and I know my side effects are nothing compared to others the exhaustion hit me.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Ignatius
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    21 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Daily radiation for a month. Lots of weird side effects, including loss of taste. Worst of it was not being told to anticipate side ...

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • DIDeBerry
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    21 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This was the easiest part although it may have played a big part in my pain and nausea after all the atments were over.

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    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • carlie
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orophar...
    22 days ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was a tough procedure but necessary to try to arrest SCC in my oral cavity and right tonsil.

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    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  1. about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week.

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

    Radiation

    Just started right breast radiation on Nov 6th. I should finish on Dec 5th and will update at that time. For these first 4 days, i...

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Texrado
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma with Sq...
    about 1 month ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I could not eat for a long while. Skin burned badly. Used silverdean to ease pain.

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