• Radiation to the abdomen area, long term side effects

    Asked by Rider on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Radiation to the abdomen area, long term side effects

    I'm looking to see what kind of side effects radiation to the abdomen leaves you. I am having several issues and I'm wondering if these will be long term or not.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have had radiation to the chest up to the jawbone area twice in my life 20 years apart. I haven't had radiation as low as the abdomen, however. I'm sure there are others here that can give you some feedback.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Created07's Avatar

      I have had internal and external radiation to the pelvic area. The only problem I had was with my bowels. It was feast or famine...going too often or not often enough. It was doable. That was 7 years ago. Today there is no problem. The answer, as always, is doing precisely what your doctor says. For me, who always hated water, it was to fill your abdomen with as much water as possible.I got up to 14 glasses a day.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Jay's Avatar

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you may have some serious side effects. I wish that someone would have told me about the side effects so that I would have been better able to cope. However, your experience could be very different from mine as everyone has different side effects. The radiation seemed to be fine at first but as time went on I have had some serious issues. It basically melted everything from my chest cavity to my groin. It caused me to have a ileostomy and I have radiation enteritis in my rectum which causes bleeding and leaking. I have to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy about every 6 months. It also ruined my neo bladder that I had and had to have nephrostomy tubes for two years until I was healthy enough for a new one. You may not experience the same thing, but radiation is the gift that keeps on giving. I wish you the best and I hope you have a better time that I have. The important thing is that I am cancer free and still alive

      almost 2 years ago

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