• How long until radiation effects start? He has had one treatment and 33 to go.

    Asked by Secondround on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    How long until radiation effects start? He has had one treatment and 33 to go.

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Everybody really is different!
      In my case the fatigue and extra thirst showed up the first week, but the fatigue got a little worse with every treatment. I never had any skin problems, but I have noticed that others usually get them after a few weeks or around the end of the treatments.

      over 7 years ago
    • tnblondee's Avatar
      tnblondee

      Thank God I had very little side effects from radiation...slight fatigue (but I'm not sure that wasn't left over from the chemo) and a slight sunburned area that really didn't even bother me until they did the last few boost treatments. Tell him not to wait in anticipation of side effects, just keep on keep'en on!

      over 7 years ago
    • SparkSeeker's Avatar
      SparkSeeker

      Unfortunately, you won't get a definite answer. Many people can offer experiences and opinions, but that's it. No one can say "expect this side effect to happen on this day" because treatments affect everyone a little bit differently. Even doctors cannot give exact answers or future planning. You just have to take it one day at a time. Enjoy what you have and what you can do right now. -Jessica

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      The different side effects we get are relevant to the spot being treated. My radiation was head and neck also. I started getting dry mouth in about 2 weeks. At 3 weeks I was getting fatigue building up. After radiation was completely over my saliva glands never recovered, I lost all my teeth, my side effects went away after a couple weeks, some of them. See your dentist about keeping your teeth in good shape.

      over 7 years ago
    • Secondround's Avatar
      Secondround

      I know everyone won't experience the exact timing or effects. I just wanted an idea of when everyone started having effects if you did. I have been doing research like crazy. I have found cooling products and cream for the radiation burns and also learned of the mouth rinse if he needs that. I want to be prepared ahead of time just in case. This is going to be rough for him but I want to try to help where I can. 2 down!

      over 7 years ago
    • zcaveman's Avatar
      zcaveman

      Mine started after the first week. Itching and rash on neck and chest and dry mouth. If you have any problems be sure to tell the radiation technicians. They have ointments for the burning feeling and the itching feelings that might start. The have a mouth rinse for the dry mouth. I always kept a list of things that were bothering me and showed it to them the next day. They were able to help me with most of my problems. I also saw the doctor once a week and she helped also.

      over 7 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar
      Richardc

      We are all different. Mine was gradual. First few weeks weren't bad. The sunburn effect for me was on my neck and in my throat. Be sure to keep your doctor informed of any changes or concerns as you progress.

      over 7 years ago
    • Secondround's Avatar
      Secondround

      He had a talk with a nurse and the doctor about potential effects and what to do about them. The doctor sees him daily now after treatments. Thanks again for all of your help.

      over 7 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar
      BLBragg

      My husband began feeling the effects after week four. His saliva became fairly stringy and his throat was sore. Radiation is cumulative so as the weeks progressed the side effects gained momentum. The worst time for him were the two weeks post treatment. He used Aquaphor cream on his skin and never had a red mark, so we were grateful for that. He is now almost 3 years post treatment and feeling well. He used a feeding tube throughout treatment so he did not lose any weight which I also think helped. He also used an acupuncturist in conjunction with the chemo and radiation. We will keep you both in our thoughts.

      over 7 years ago
    • jimhaden's Avatar
      jimhaden

      I was TOld by my Doctor to expect dry mouth and mouthsores to start about 2 weeks into treatments. After four weeks he asked me if I hated him yet and I said no. He looked me over and was suprised that I had no mouthsores and little sign of dry mouth. And about two to three treatments later I was not very fond of him. For me when it hit it was hard had to go back to feeding tube i couldnt swallow with out pain or taste my food. Good news though is about two weeks maybe three the sores were gone and I was starting to taste food again And now almost 2 years later can eat most anything i want except for spicey foods as the burn a lot for me. I used biotene mouthwash as it contains no alcohol . found out scope does and it burned

      over 7 years ago
    • Secondround's Avatar
      Secondround

      Thanks for all of your answers.he has 10 treatments to go now. He gets blisters in the mouth and the skin on his neck is very red and dry. He has been using everything given to try and stay on top of the effects.

      over 7 years ago

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