• how did radiation affect you How bad did you feel and how hard was it to eat well

    Asked by pattypie on Friday, May 23, 2014

    how did radiation affect you How bad did you feel and how hard was it to eat well

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    • jimhaden's Avatar

      It took awhile for it to affect me. About 5 weeks in it got to where i had sores in my mouth and couldnt eat well. Mostlt it was that I could not taste the food I was eating. I was also tired and emotionally drained for week 5 and 6 my last week was week 7 and thats when it seemed as if i was getting a severe sunburn from the inside out. took probably a month to where i could swallow and taste food again after treatments.

      over 5 years ago
    • jimhaden's Avatar

      BUT that was for head and neck cancer radiation around my neck and throat

      over 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      I had radiation for breast cancer stage IV mets in my chest and pelvis, in other words I had a lot of radiation but I felt perfectly fine and I never even had ANY skin problems at all! The only side effects I had were fatigue and thirst, and it is very important to drink lots of water during radiation because it is very dehydrating. Good luck and God bless!

      over 5 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Radiation was a breeze compared to chemo. I got a little burned and I am still feeling the fatigue but nothing I can't live with.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first radiation round was 27 years ago. I was treated from the breast bone up to my jaw line. I had 28 treatments. I could barely tell I was taking anything. then 20 years later, I get my 3rd dx. radiation again to the neck area only. This time after 2 wks. my saliva glands started to go, my fatigue level was getting up already. After 4 weeks I lost my voice for 30 dayd, sores developed in my mouth, I had trouble eating, lost 40#. But I got through it with a few left over side effects. I still have a rough voice, lost all my teeth since the radiation was directed to the lower jaw. But I'm cancer free now for 5 years. Still, I would say it's easier than chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I had 28 treatments to the abdoman/pelvic area for uterine cancer. The first couple of weeks, I felt a little nauseous. After that, I had severe diarrhia and was dehydrated. My rad onc was not very compassionate, so I suffered. Most people feel tired and burned in the area of treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar

      My husband's radiation was focused on his tumor at the GE junction, 5 weeks of radiation every day. He came through it very well, much better than another fellow who was a few weeks ahead of him in his treatment for esophageal cancer that we saw alot during chemo and radiation. My husband had some skin issues, but not bad. His worst weeks were the 3 weeks after radiation completed. Because of where the target was he had a difficult time eating or drinking anything. The numbing mouthwash was a God-send or he couldn't have gotten anything down at all and they didn't want to place the feeding tube until the surgery. We had to watch his dehydration and he needed a couple trips for some fluids via IV during those last weeks. He had more fatigue at this time, but as it is accumulative and he'd been through 6 cycles of chemo already it was to be expected. For him, though the treatment was easier during radiation, he had more side effects than during chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • midgieb's Avatar

      I had 35 treatments to the abdomen/pelvic area for uterine cancer. I had no side effects other than being somewhat tired. I worked the last 2 weeks of treatment. Good luck to you, hopefully you will not have any problems.

      over 5 years ago

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