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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.



Over 6 weeks--it was very sci-fi--but ok
May 2-June 10th, 2007 Really scary, very tired,headaches & teary
33 rads very little burning only the last couple boost treatments is all.
26 treatmenst
33 treatments June through July 2009
Radiation started in Jan 2009-lost my hair, pain in my arm went away but I lost the use of my left hand.
Starting June 29th 2010
Radiation to left side 2002 and right hip in 2006, surgery and radiation to left femur in Jan.2012
12/27/10
4 fields of radiation from 10-1-09 to 11-19-09. 5 days a week. Started feeling tired about the 3rd week. Burnt and sore last 2 weeks of radiation.
35 radiations. Side effects: severe burnt skin.
Radiation was the hardest for Kathy a lot of little pains and soreness.
I officially start radiation tomorrow. I do like my Radiation Oncologist. He is pretty cool.
15 treatments, each front & back directed at my spine. because the radiation went thru my esophagus I experienced hearburn & reflux. only other side effect is fatigue.
Radium started in September finished in November 35 + 5 boost. Sever bruning of the skin the area that was treated is still very discoloured 9mths after treatment
Had a SAVI device implanted. Radiation for 5 days, twice a day. No real side effects except for fatigue and a little sore from the device being rotated daily. It was actually pretty easy and over in a week.
July 7/11 First appointment - followed by 25 treatments
6 1/2 weeks of radiation in August, 2008
Started 11-07-11 --skin is burned, dimpled and itchy. Tumor site is hardened and sometimes gives pain. Fatigue is severe beginning in 3rd week. In 7th week skin begins to open and fatigue forces me to stop work for awhile and rest, rest, rest.
Mammosite Radiation scheduled for 9/10/2008
Radiation October 2010, brachytherapy October 2012, radiation again February 2013 real bad burnt skin from last radiation
Won't know until the lymph nodes are tested. Post Op note: yes, 6.5 weeks of radiation will begin in Jan. of '11. 9 nodes taken three, including a sentinel, had cancer.
2001 - Radiation
I did six weeks of radiation starting on October 26, 2005. What a whirlwind those months were!
March and April 2008 - part of my skin peeled just like a regular sunburn; tenderness months afterwards

Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

The 39 trip to Radiation treatments were pretty anticlimactic. Thank god my job worked with me and let me leave early each day. Can't imagine if they didn't worked with me. I was lucky there! Never had any pain from the treatment and very little if any side affects. They is nothing to be worried about in this treatment as far as I'm concerned.
Burning senceation when urinating May 2000 to July 2000
to my back, ten treatments, now i need to self catherize and have a blood clot in my entire right leg
40 treatments in 2005. Difficulty holding bladder.
IMRT, 36 treatments, Sep 20-Nov 8, 2011. Side effects: the usual suspects -- GI and bladder/urinary irritation. Please write for details.
February 2003. Side Effects - ED, Tiredness, fatigue, hot flushes, Radiation burns to anus and buttocks, rectal leaking and short term memory loss.
Hd 9 weeks of IGRT, five days per week except July 4. Took about five minutes per day. It took a couple of weeks to get used to drinking a lot of water on the way to the treatment facility. At first, I couldn't differentiate between the signal to urinate or to defecate. I learned to just sit down on the toilet like a baby and that fixed that. They had really good instant brew coffee at the facility, so I'd have that - my first coffee of the day, around 10:00 A.M. Once, this caused a bowel movement while I was driving home. After that, I remained at the center to move my bowels and then drove home. I went to the gym and tried to lift some light weights around my upper body and that went OK. Right up to the last day, it was a challenge to get out of bed and go to the treatment. I don't know where or how I found the strength to stick with it. It doesn't hurt. I acclimatized to the way my body adjusted to what was going on. But it just took some kind of undefined, inner push to keep going. I was never a big eater but PCA and IGRT left me very uninterested in food. I think I "caused" my cancer, maybe by something I ate, or did wrong, last year. Treatment ended about four months ago.
Due to have in May 2014
NONE!!
3 months of conformal radiation at Tufts New England The radiation caused the bladder cancer and much irritation
Brachytherapy 10 yrs ago. Recurrence 2 years ago
Will begin in three weeks as I di the implants on 11th Of Oct not sure what is next
Nuclear Oncology 41 treatments 11/08 no side effects
41 sessions to pelvis area and prostate, using Orbit Arc, some side effects; dizziness, burns, medications helped ease the process
None. Had surgery not worked I would have been put on radiotherapy but thankfully it was not needed.

Lung Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Feb. 24, 2009 Gamma knife radiation perfexion treatment The procedure is nothing short of a miracle in technology, however it requires a metal `cage` to be attached to your skull. That process is brutal, as it the pressure release when it is removed. But they got em' so it was worth it :)
Will start this next week.
Just started 4/22
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Radiation to leg
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
I started radiation treatments on October 25, 2010. I'm not sure what all of this means but my total dose is 6,120cgy. I have 34 treatments total; so I receive 180cgy a day, monday through friday. So I should finish around December 13, 2010 depending on if I miss any days or if my oncologist wants to change my plan. My side affects aren't too bad. I already have some shortness of breath so I don't think it is from the radiation. I have really sensitive skin so It is kind of red, so the therapists gave me some cream to rub on it. They mentioned that my skin will get worse before it gets better.
Dont know
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
None to date - The surgeon and oncologist felt that I should wait before starting chemo or radiation and be on the anti-fungal medication, indicating at least a year, to see if once the infection was gone, the remaining spots in my lungs would be gone. In January of 2010, I lost my job, medical insurance and the financial ability to continue the meds. I've recovered enough to find work and have been there long enough to receive medical insurance...now to find the courage to return to the doctor and take up where we left off, uhhh less the pre-existing conditions...to be continued...
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.
36 treatments...
radiation starts on March 8th
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
Radiation was declined at this time.
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
10 brain treatments 9/16/09 to 9/29/09. 5 treatments targeted at mass in top of right femur 9/21/09 to 9/25/09.
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
June 30th 2009, forgot how much the dose was, it was everyday for the whole two months. Side effects: burned skin, loss of appetite, hair loss, sore throat, gastric pain.
23 radiation sessions
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
May & June '10. Back burning.
Radiation therapy was (25) Involved Field Radiation over 5 weeks, March 29th through May 2nd 2012. The radiation treatment itself was painless, although the mask and tongue guard were uncomfortable. The side effects were progress skin burns, mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, and nausea. The side effects subsided a couple of weeks after treatment ended.
no radiation
Bunch of long words
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
Zevlin. Horrible pain in my feet, very slow recovery, severe fatigue
December 2013 - this is my second diagnosis of lymphoma. The first was last year and I had successful radiation treatment from Sept-Dec 2012 in my neck. By March 2014 all was well but I had a red eye. After 4 months of seeing my GP service (pretty useless I'm afraid) my wife insisted I see an eye specialist; as soon as I did I was diagnosed with a "residual" lymphoma in my eyes on August 30th 2013. Residual is good - it means it has not metastised, it was apparently "left over" from the last lymphoma in my neck. In October I had a CT scan that showed I was clear in all my other lymph glands - so that was good. So I had to have radiotherapy in both eyes. I'm going to keep this next bit short otherwise I could spend ages on telling you what I was told by the technicians, nurses, doctors and consultants about the technical processes they were about to treat me with. But it has all been good. Today I am writing this because, after 6 weeks of discomfort and 1 week of "superficial" radiotherapy (which never feels superficial!) and 1.5 weeks to go, for the first time, my eye doesn't hurt; it's hot inside but not scratchy. I have a good store of saline solution which is bliss when you use it….but then you need more and more, like a drug. Today I have not had to use it at all, it's 9pm UK time and 10 hours since my radiotherapy session this morning. Usually I'm in bed after spending 6-7 hours in pain with an eye patch on. I do expect the effects to get worse but all I can say today is that IT WORKS!! The basis of my optimism is that the radiation kills the cancer…..and I can happily live with the side effects because I am alive to experience them. Take heart.
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
R-Chop R-Ice
3 docs said yes, 3 docs said no, so I did not have radiation after chemo treatments proved decent
non yet
Radiation October 2004
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
radiation to left chest - side effects: feeling of a lump in my throat, fatigue
not part of treatment
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
20 sessions of radiotherapy on my mediastinal mass which caused damage to my left lung and heart in May - June 2012. The side effect I had was tiredness.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012

Kidney Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

My husband had radiation at the site of his neck surgery.
no treatment yet?
10 days of radiation,difficult to say what side effects were from Radiation, Sutent (oral chemo) or Aredia (IV drip for bones)
Palliative Radiation for bone metastases (20 Gy/5 fractions) Dec 2012 Metastron Feb 2013

Pancreas Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

no radiation or anything else just chemo
Radiation Therapy June 2011 for 5 weeks
Radiation - Jan 2013-March 2013; Reported weight loss, nausea, some disorientation on dehydration.
N/A would not help his type of cancer
Radiation - 6/14/10 to 7/22/10 Monday through Friday: Had some bad mornings starting about halfway through, but always seemed to feel better after his treatment. At night, the upset stomach side effects would kick in.
Radiation followed first course of chemotherapy, and was given for 28 days in September 2010
No radiation
will be starting after Christmas
Radiation to start on Oct.25th for new tumor on 1st surgical bed thats not responding to other treatments..
Every other day radiation
Radiation once a day Monday - Friday for 5 weeks along with the 5-FU pack.
Mom chose not to do radiation
Xeloda Jan 2008-May 2008

Oral Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Loss of taste, acute mucositis, loss of hair at back or neck, blistering of throat.
33 IMRT Start date 3/18/2011. Mouth sores ( treating with Manuka honey ) stiffness in operated areas, fatigue, some hairloss in zapped area - so far not too bad... No burns yet. No taste.. Ugh!
25 treatments, 9 days in every 2 weeks - partial hair loss, starting 1st week in February this year, finishing March 18th
35 Rads Mid - 5 days a week for 7 weeks. started July 2008 - OK at first - Got weaker- drove myself first couple of weeks- lost good judgment- totaled my car- wife drove me after that...got down to an old man's shuffle at the end.
37 radiation treatments from late Sept to the end of November of 2007. Side effects all my saliva gland were destroyed. I can't hardly eat anythin because I have no saliva. swallowing is hard. I also have a different voice now. People call me sir all the time. And I stay tired still. Nerves are shot and now taking anti- depressants
6/3/2013-7/17/2013
No radiation
35 IMRT treatments Dates: starting late August and ending November 11, 2011. Side Effects include; Dry mouth especially at night weak weight loss and muscle atrophy loss of appetite (food just tastes bad period) Mucus in mouth during the day
72 gy of radiation (before the advent of IMRT)
Tomotherapy
June 2009. not many, all related to not being able to swallow without pain. Important to get help, magic mouth wash, pain meds. Liquid diet essential

Ovarian Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Jan - Feb.2011 pelvic rad. ( for bone mets - palliative )
Fatigue nausea diarrhea dental problems severe digestion issues
stay tuned....
low dose whole abdominal radiation + pelvic boost
No radiation done
Currently deemed unnecessary (following pathology). Will reassess in February 2012 to see of radiation of supraclavicular lymph nodes is required.
Not applicable
None to date
Radiation is new for me so Ill let you know as we get there
Radiation therapy to the abdominal/pelvic area; diarrhea, abdominal cramping
august 09: radiation in my stomach, new tumor 6 cm
pelvic rad. for bone mets January 2011

Thyroid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

I had the iodine radiation. No real side effects. worst thing was having to be away from my little one.
RAI- extreme jaw, throat, and salivary gland swelling.
December 12, 2012, no side effects
Radioactive Iodine on October 2, 2013 of 125 mlCi
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
nov,2010 300 units of radioactive iodine treatment
I will begin within a month
I completed RAI-131 in December 2009 and follow up scans until 2010. Follow up ultrasounds with lymph node mapping tests continue.
07.24.2008 - 152 mci of I-131 02.11.2009 - 158 mci of I-131 10.15.2009 - 435 mci of I-131 02.15.2010 - 04.12.2010 - 31 treatments of External Beam Radiation via Linear Beam Accelerator
Radioactive Iodine (RAI), 02/05/2009
Radiation treatment to begin February 20, 2012. Two days of intramuscular shots then a pill of 50 micrograms. Currently on synthroid every day.
I-131 treatment, Sept 2010. Had 4 days in isolation, felt quite nauseous initially with relatively mild neck pain, and then tiredness for 7-8 weeks following. Am now experiencing vaginal bleeding for past 8 weeks, starting about 2 weeks after treatment, although its difficult to know if this is related to the I-131, or whether it is related to thyroxine levels. Am concerned over long term side effects, particularly fertility as we have not yet had a family and would like one!!
RAI Scheduled for 12/15/2010
Had Thyrogen injections on August 16th & 17th and then the RAI on August 18th. My face, neck and throat didn't start to hurt until a few weeks after the RAI. Now it seems with the cold weather my face hurts. Swollen salivary glands. Very tired all the time. Just completed my 6 month whole body scan and bloodwork for thyroglobulin...waiting on results.
7/20/10: Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Ouch March 2009 Pain in my neck, face, and teeth
Radioactive Iodine on August 2, 2010. I was very sick to my stomach for about 5 days.
Rad 131 2 times
Jan 13th 2012 first round of I-131 - Loss of taste buds, bad taste in my mouth, nausea, swollen glands, and sore throat.
Radioactive Iodine 94mci, 2005
RAI 131 May 2003, Feb 2005, June 2010 side effects: fatigue, brain fog, mouth dryness, dry skin achy joints especially hips.
Radiactive Iodine - February 2007.
Radioactive Iodine treatment a week before Christmas....NO real immediate side effects
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
Radio Active Iodine treatment scheduled for June 2012

Stomach Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation began 6.21.13 - Extreme Tiredness, nausea,
Left skull base October'09. Dehydration, hair loss, weight loss, ringing in ears with a pressure that felt as though ears were going to explode. Blisters on ears both inside and out and raw peeling facial skin. January '10 another round of 15 treatments on pelvic area and spine. Unable to walk, numbness of entire lower body and left leg. Effects still going on to left side of body. Feet freeze like they are always in a vat of ice. They are very heavy feeling as though they are being dragged. Hole through the center of back. I assume this is where the radiation burned thru the body.
Doctor saids he want help.
radiation 1989 - ignorance is bliss....I didn't find the treatment too bad, maybe 'cos I'm able to block out the "what if" questions (or as my wife prefers to put it, I am too stupid to get worried)

Brain Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

2005- 30 days
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
Starts radiation 9/12/11
Microradiosurgery done in Singapore. Given 30 Gys in 10 fractions. Started on April 15, 2009. Hair loss in some places.
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
5 minutes of radiation on my brain. February 2,2010
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
non so far she hasn't healed from surgery
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
Started radiation November 9, 2011 -6 week course - to early to see much reactions as yet
Starting 1/21/13
Radiation
6 weeks completed 1-19-09
Just started radiation on 1/3/2011 Completed Radiation on 2/17/2011
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
IMRT began July 22, finished 30/30 treatments August 30, 2013. Hair loss, problems with eye focus, bad leg and feet cramps at night, face tics, tiredness.
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011

Multiple Myeloma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

November 2010. No side effects.
4/2010
Was nauseated after almost every session. Due to the back pain it was extremely hard to get from the stretcher to the table. It always felt like i was getting stabbed in the back. Loss of appetite.
12 treatments to shrink the sacrum tumor 1/29 to 2/29 side effects none
one very strong round of total body lymphathic radiation

Colon and Rectal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

28 doses of radiation.
from jan/08 to march/08 severe vaginal burning,fatague, loss of appetite,vomiting.
December 2013 - February 2014
No radiation
November 1, 2006, 30 treatments M-F caused sever fatigue, cystisis and cramping
Sept. & Oct. 2005- every day for 5 weeks (except for Sat. and Sun.)
Radiotherapy on the spine, section C7; May-June 2010, 16 sessions over two weeks, 5minutes each session. The first few days there were not much side-effects. Towards the end of the first week, the throat began to hurt, and there was increased difficulty in swallowing. The voice soon became raspy and coarse. The soreness of the throat and lost voice persisted for around 6-8weeks. There were increased phlegm and saliva production, which mum said tasted "chemical" and would spit out quickly. On the skin, a red rash began to show, and the doctor advised to avoid sunlight, as the rash will darken. Treatment with CyberKnife also carried out on the spine. Results are yet to be assessed, and the doctor said it will take around 3months to see any visibly reduction in the tumour.
4th week in radiation
No radiation ever.
5 weeks radiation August, 1984. severe illness and weight loss.
No Radiation
Bad Burns from radiation (37 treatments). Low energy..or should we say NO energy!
No radiation, not worth the risks of making damage from surgery worse.
Radiation for me became a time of meditation and a time to just lay back and picture my cancer cells being burned to a crisp (along with my bladder, vagina, uterus, ovaries, and anything else in there)...sometimes I cried during treatment and sometimes I just pretended it wasn't really me...I had the best team and although I hope to never have to deal with this treatment again I know where I will go without a doubt - Wellspring Oncology in St.Petersburg Florida. I had six weeks of daily (mon-fri) treatments starting Sept 8, 2008 and ending Oct.20, 2008. I had pretty bad "burns" all over my vaginal and rectal areas, pain in my butt (haha), and my bladder was affected (frequency, burning)...I still have no confirmation of the extent of damage to my womanly organs but will in a few weeks...
Started radiation 9-14-2009, radiation of pelvic area. Will be for six weeks, everyday five days a week. No side effects yet. 5fu is now constant infusion via pump and Oxaliplatin is halted until end of radiation.
5 weeks of radiation for colorectal tumor,
no radiation
Pre OP external beam radiotherapy to a dose of 50.4Gy for 28days to Pelvis from 04/03/2008 to 10/04/2008on 6MV Linear Accelerator. No any side effect of radiation
I had radiation therapy in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The only side effects were fatigue and on one occasion, a bowel blockage (this was before the colostomy).
Bart has undergone whole brain radiation. Brain tumor surgery via Gamma Knife.
5 days a week for 25 sessions; then 3 intense bouts. Started March 8th. Recently pain at site, diarrhea, cramping
I had 15 treatments of radiation which were a little hard on the system. It took me about 10 days before I started to feel better however it did shrink the tumour and alleviated the pain. I was finally able to sit without experiencing pain.
Radiation started Jan. 23 2012 28 sessions. Diarrhea and total burning of skin.
5 days a week, for six weeks in December 2006 and January 2007
10/15/09 - 1/6/10. Intense pain from December 09 through April 10.

Liver Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

i will tell you
Radioactive spheres injected into the liver. May and September 2009. Thought it had worked but didn't

Cervical Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation side effects were just becoming exausted. I was pretty healthy until I got cancer, never had any health issues and never had to take any medication before.
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
Radiation Oct 07-Dec 07 5 weeks of daily external radiation, then 3 days of Brachytherapy in hospital. Burning in pelvic area, frequent loose stools (5-6 times a day) frequency and urgency with urination. Really bad fatigue, lasted a long time after. Oct 09 External radiation to vag 10x (2 weeks). burning in vag/urethra, pain on urination, radiation burns on outside of thighs (entry points) fatigue.
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
I have yet to receive treatment. Treatment is set to begin May 7, 2014.
started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
Done and it sucked
02/2010 - 03/2010 28 external and 3 internal rad.
i felt like my insides were cooking, but i had great radiation doctors
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
Daily external radiation (tomotherapy?)for 10 weeks feeling depleted and vomiting
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
pain, N&V, Menopause, Exhaustion, Depression 10-09 to 1-30-10 SECOND ROUND OF EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION 01-01-11 to 02-17-11
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
Doing Radiation concurrently with Chemo so I'm not exactly sure which side affects to attribute to which treatment. Very nauseated, shaky, dizzy, tender in the groin and abdomen area.
I had 30 tomotherapy radiations 5 days a week from June until August. The side effects were fatigue and nausea.
one week of traditional radiation, then 4 weeks of tomography. possibly 3 brachy treatments (dont know yet). so far i have completed the first week of traditional radiation and coming up on completing the first week of the tomo. started with diarrhea after the first week of traditional. lots of cramping then whoooosh! i have lots of gas and lots of burping. afraid to burp as sometimes i think it just might make me barf! ew.
Sept 2008 - Dec 2008, Low Dose External, 3rd and 4th Degree burns of the genital and perinea areas.
coming up
45 minute a session, 5 days a week-December 2008-February 2009 with a boost in June 2009. rectal pain, pelvic pain, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, funky taste in my mouth.
Tired. Nauseau. Diarrheia
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading

Larynx Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

35 radiation treatments starting May 2
36 total radiation sessions February 02 - March 25, 2011. After about 13 sessions my throat pain required ongoing codeine relief, and the skin on my neck began showing signs of intensifying sunburn. By the end of February my voice went missing and is just starting to return as June begins.
First treatment December 19,2011
Nov 30th-Jan 14, 2010 Neck and lower face was a serious sunburn, Lots of swelling on the inside, no appetite-lose your taste buds where everything tastes like card board. Fatigue that is hard to describe.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Total Body Irradiation, June 2012. Side effects: vomiting, ovarian failure (now on hormone replacement therapy)
Recieved 4 days of fullbody radiation for the Bone Marrow Transplant. I actually didn't feel too bad but the fatigue was huge.
January 2010. Nausea. Later/cataracts. General weakness
Treatment for osteosarcoma, three years ago.
No radiation so far. Thank God!!

Testicular Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

had no treatment

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Weakness, fatigue
Vomiting Sleepy
Never had any
Full-body radiation 2 times daily for 4 days. Dry mouth and ulcers in the throat and intestines.
Total Body Irradiation, 8/10/10-8/13/10. Felt a little tired. Make sure you eat well prior to radiation treatments. I got a little "sun burn."

Anal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

ok burns butt doing okay 12/7-12-15/ 12/30 12/31
6 weeks (30 treatments - 10 spots) beginning 6/11/2012
6/7/14
Some of the terms are slightly different. I have had Mitomycin in the first week plus 5FU, then just 5FU in the fifth week. I'm not sure what ER and a few others terms refer to, but will find out. The size of my tumour is 2cm by 2cm by 5cm, so I've selected something close to this. There appears to be a difference in opinion as to whether or not it has spread to my nodes in my groin and around my bowel area, as this did not show up in the PET. But the MRI did show swollen glands. The treatment is the same regardless, so I'm not too bothered by this lack of clarity at this stage. Medicine is an inexact science after all! I was going to take a break, but discussed it with my doctor. I'm in my last week of treatment now. He described three separate analysis of patients that had taken a week or two week break mid-cycle (same cancer, same cycle as mine). Two showed a marked difference in outcome between those who took a break and those that did not take a break. Overall (allowing for individual variation), those that took a break had a worse outcome than those who continued without a break. The third study that he conducted over a ten year period showed no difference between the two groups. However, I prefer the cautionary approach and am continuing to the end, with new painkillers and anti-nausea drugs and am doped to the gills to get me through!
IMRT radiation therapy for a total of 7 weeks. The extra week was because of the size of my tumor (8 cm). I had to take a break after 5 1/2 weeks and was in the hospital for 11 days due to uncontrollable watery diarrhea, neutropenia, and burns from the radiation. I finished up the remaining days of radiation after I got out of the hospital.
Thirty-six (3-D CRT) treatments beginning November 18, 2013 and ending January 29, 2014. Three weeks off during treatment because of severe (2nd degree) external burns on genital area and legs, severe swelling of genital area, and pain during urination and bowel movements. Constant fatigue. Two separate urinary track infections from radiation - the first caused high fever, mild hallucinations, pain and dehydration; with only pain and bloating the second time. Deep hip/upper leg pain developed a month after last radiation treatment.
6 weeks everyday except weekends Aug.29-Oct.12
Six and half weeks of radiation.
* Jul 13/09: met with Radiologist * Jul 17/09: got markings for radiation; no "Uranus with many moons" tatt as requested! * Aug 4/09: started radiation every day (it continues for 6 weeks until Sep 15/09); the treatment itself is painless
skin down there fell off. over & over. friable skin that bleeds. No control over bowels..limited over bladder. skin that is tender...can't wear clothes. (no more underwear...except in public) Wear Oversize bottoms & boxers).
Start Date 11-30-2009-6 weeks of radiation- IMRT
32 radiation treatments starting June 6th
started 8-4-09 ongoing
6 weeks of treatment, lost 30 pounds. My stomach was wretched!! And still hasn't returned to normal. Something I will always have to live with.
IMRT, 25 sessions, burning and swelling
25 treatments
Radiation for 30 days ending on Dec 15, 2013. Burned skin - open wounds
IMRT for 3.5 weeks Cone down IMRT for 2.5 weeks Itchiness and sore tumor site Bloating, gassy, cramping Fatigue April 7 to May 16
6 weeks the last 3 weeks were the most painful.
Started 3/13/12 delay 4/9/12 for 3 days restart 4/12/12 Really tired...Feels like skin down there will never be the same
7-28-08 began Erbitux infusion every Monday. Every three weeks: Cisplatin and 5FU for 4 days starting Monday, unhook Friday. Continue Erbitux every Monday. 6 weeks plus 4 days daily (5-days per week) radiation to pelvis and anal area. Last 5 days anus only.
6 weeks intense pelvic radiation. Began 2/14/2011 final treatment 4/6/2011. I handled it very well for the most part, but then we had to take a two week break because my skin was so burnt and I was in so much pain that I needed some time to heal.
Radiation - very hard on the skin. Doctor reduced node treatments to end of week 5 because burns were so bad. Vulva and labia badly burned but healed within 7-10 days. Did get a UTI infection but cleared up in a few days with antibiotics. Anal area still sore at 5 weeks post treatment. Lots of pain with bowel movements. On vicodin and ibuprofen for pain. Having a hard time managing painkillers (constipation), with stool softeners/ laxatives. Sought advice at UCSF Dysplasia clinic and they found 2 small ulcerations in the anal canal (opposite side of tumor) caused by the radiation. The radiation caused also caused nerve damage on the left side of my perineal area. I am on Neurontin and valium for pain and muscle spasm relief. Have been going to a pelvic pain physical therapist in order to desensitize the area.
9/97-12/97
28 treatments total. swelling/pain/bleeding

Bone Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

2002 45 mins a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. Burns
I wanted another baby hopefully if chemo didnt kill my ability

Eye and Orbit Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radioactive plaque 09/09 Extreme tiredness at times, still get that. Sore eye for a short time, nowhere near as bad as I had imagined:)
Plaque brachytherapy - July 2003. Plaque inserted on Friday morning and removed Monday night. Long, long weekend in isolation and having to carry a geiger counter around. Eye was puffy, bloodshot for a long time, painful and vision deteriorated quite rapidly. Now have retinal detachment, pretty lousy vision in that eye and grey areas on the sclera (white of the eye) that may be burns from the cauterisation tool or where the sclera has thinned due to the radiation. Last November (2007), it was noticed that the edge of the tumour is still growing in some areas and I have therefore had to have these treated with Transpupillary Thermotherapy (laser).

Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation therapy starts tomorrow. 33 treatments @ 200 for a total of 6600.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation given from January to April 20 Side effects: loss of saliva, vomiting, weakness, dehydration, esophagus shrinkage
Started radiation on 11/4/13 after 6 weeks on induction chemo
35 days of head radiation, dramatic weight loss, burned skin, mouth and throat, had peg tub placed.
1st" dec 2002 - Jan 2003 to neck - saliva affected, have little saliva have to clean mouth all the time. 2nd round: Dec 2008 to lump in throat as x-ray showed nodules in both lungs
Meeting with Radiation Therapist on May 3rd to determine how much treatment will be necessary.
radiation therapy ending 5/29/12

Ureter Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Linear radiation March to May 2007. Three brachy-radiation treatments in June 2007. Side effects some bowel problems, diarrhea.

Esophagus Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Too many radiation treatments to count.
5 weeks of radiation September - October, 2012. Very tired. No burns at all to skin. I did what the doctors/nurses told me to do! Very, very sore throat. Could barely swallow but forced soft foods the entire treatment.
radiation from 11/1/97 to 12/15/97
28 days of radiation
currently undergoing treatments
Two weeks of radiation was fine. Fatigue.
The Radiation burned my throat and cause my taste bud to malfunction I had to be tube fed for about 4 months I will suffer for dry mouth for life I'm told.
Radiation to esophagus and abdominal lymph node March/April 2008 Radiation to supraclavicular lymph node January/February 2009

Tonsil Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Scheduled 7 weeks IMRT start 3/19
7 weeks (m-f) of radiation with one week off in the middle of treatment along with one day of chemo every week. Began treatment in Nov. 08
27 rad tx, ended on 11/14/12. Tolerated well initially, started to lose taste after tx number13, very tired; by the final tx, went from normal weight of 120 lbs to 103 lbs, not too, too bad, I'm 5'6" but very small bones. During final eeek of tx, developes mucousitis and recurrent thrush.
5 Days a week for 7 weeks
Had it Twice: Once after the radical neck and again after the radical tonsilectomy
Radiation started 7/11 - 35 days of treatment
Nerve damage that was painful for several months.
IMRT November 2011 - January 2012
Radiation began on 8/31 with 35 treatments to follow.
Oct 6 thru Nov 18 -5 times a week
30 Day ended 10/24/2011
Started on August 1o 2011 and end at September 5th 2011, starting my third week, so far some hair loss, partial loss of taste and dry mouth, no bad, fatigue,
A course of 33 treatments from Jan thru March. Loss of taste buds; dry mouth; fatigue; sore throat; sticky saliva during radiation then gone now back again.
Seven weeks, 5 days a week radiation, 35 treatments. Dry mouth, loss of saliva, only lost hair on my neck which was a positive. Hated the mask
28 treatments.
Completed May 18, 2012
Unable to have any additional radiation with this new diagnosis.
30 days radiation
External radiation 5 days/week.
Yes - 27 daily treatments beginning 2-16-11
IMRT - loss of saliva, sore throat, thrush, sunburned neck, loss of taste, difficulty eating.
30 planned radiotherapy sessions. Started 13/11/12 end date 20/12/12 Side effects so far (8/30 therapies)- skin burn, dry sore mouth, bleeding gums, lack of appetite, nausea.
I will start radiation on Monday, October 19th, Monday through Friday for seven weeks.
Radiation start date 10/5/09, 35 days total, five days a week
6 weeks of radiation. Dry mouth, fatigue.

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

6 weeks external beam some localized skin issues,,,,,late onset diah, naus--- ***BRACHEYTHERAPY HURT LIKE A BITCH - MOST GOD AWFUL THING I EVER FELT IN MY LIFE - VERY SICK for a few weeks
None required
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
Started 4 weeks after chemo. 25 external for 5 weeks. The only effects were bouts of dysentery and pain in the area treated, no skin problems. You feel worse toward the end of the week as it builds up. After #25 I had one internal treatment per week for three weeks. Radiation made me exhausted every day because it's such a grind. Talking to other patients you learn it's quite different for everyone.
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
I had several rounds of a newer internal radiation for 3 months following surgery. I felt great each time for the 1st day or two, then became very tired.
recommended to start in July
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
Haven't started yet. Need advice.
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
Radiation Tx for Vaginal Tumor - 4/20/09-5/5/09 (mom is fatigued, loss of appetite) Radiation Tx for Metastasis on Ribcage - 4/27/09-5/8/09 Mom developed a UTI that went unnoticed - doc said it was normal pain - this delayed her chemo tx.
Feb-April 09 Internal (3x) and about 6 weeks of external, monday thru friday. I only had diarrhea once and no other side effects, people were so nice at LIJ.
25 cycles of daily external radiation. June-July 2011
initially told not need 7/6/09 told raDIATION WILL BE NEEDED WHEN I HEAL FROM MY SECOND SURGERY..MY SURGEON NEVER CHECKED THE NODES WHEN HE DID HYSTERECTOMY I HAD TO FIND A NEW SURGEON AND HAVE LYMPHN NODE REMOVAL 8/6/09 27 NODES REMOVED NO CANCER
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
Don't know yet...
Not good with dates...radiation for 6 weeks, 5 times a week for about an hour each day. Still can't eat much fruit, sometimes no fruit for days and days. This still happens, even after 4 years. Probiotics seem to help
annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
No side effects
November 2011-December 2011--25 days; long-term damage to bladder resulted in one week of hospitalization for blood clots, incontinence, extremely painful urination; serious bladder infection; low white blood cell count; burns on skin around hips and upper thighs; serious digestive problems; lost weight; 1 month after treatment had cytoscopy to confirm radiation cystitis; 6 months after treatment am taking Oxybutynin Chloride for ongoing bladder problems; felt pain in flanks during treatment, later problems with knees that come and go.

Sarcoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation from November 2010 - January 2011. Radiation burns toward the end, low blood counts, and always tired.
Radiation treatments started February 4 and end on March 23, 2011. My prescription is 66Gy over (7weeks) 33 treatments. Locally, the area being treated hurt pretty bad from being burnt to a crisp, but otherwise I still had lots of energy and I felt great.
1 treatment of Radiation ; in Oct 2008 . Side effects - Horrible burn and pain . Alot of fatigue .
Like having a severe sunburn on the back of my throat. I could not even swallow my own saliva. I lost 30 pounds and became extremely dehydrated.
5 weeks of radiation - feeling tired and extremely fatigued after the sessions were over, radiation burns on back on leg that developed into very painful blisters. Radiation oncology nurse was so caring -- she made up an ointment to use that took away the pain and helped with the healing.
don't recall
Radiation (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy)
Her first doctor didnt do enough or the right kind of chemo....the INSURANCE COMPANY wouldn't pay for the correct treatment.
Radiotherapy for 5 weeks from last week of june 2010. My skin became very sore and a section of it peeled off. My skin has darkened there and has stayed hard in that area.
Still to be determined.
Radiation I had every day at Palmerston North Hospital for 7 weeks - that was the maximum I could have before it gave me cancer!! Started in early Feb 2009 through until April 2009. I got extremely tired, exhausted with no energy at all! I also got a small radiation burn, but was controlled with creams and ABs.
2005 - on L5; 2007 - on L3; 2011 - on left femur & L4
To control size of tumor to right pelvic area
Finished radiation therapy on around December 24, 2010. He had six weeks of radiation therapy, and had to receive treatments five days a week for those six weeks.
I start exact radiation on 6-19-2012 for 6 weeks
December 2012-February 2013 Proton Beam Radiation, Massachusetts General Hospital

Parotid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

1st treatment 9/12/12 left jaw in pain from being stretched open and pushed by the mask; by 10th treatment, almost impossible to swallow, even water, because throat is so tight and sore and mouth & tongue are so sore

Skin Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

could have had radiation but chose Mohs surgery

Throat Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

IMRT radiation started 11/17/09. Side effects were almost immediate - nausea and tiredness. Not too long before I lost all appetite. Thank goodness I have a PEG tube.
Radiation for 33 times
NONE - Refused radiation on six separate ocassions
April - June 2009 Loss of Taste - most regained Loss of Saliva Production - some regained 35 Exposures Amifostine Injections to the Abdomin each day
Due to having a bit of tumor left, I am waiting to find out if I will need radiotherapy.
Every day, Monday through Friday, starting May 4, 2010. Side effects are extreme sore throat, dry mouth, fatigue, loss of taste buds. Taking pain meds for throat pain. The worst part for Tim is wearing the radiation mask.
Months of radiation that covered both my head and chest area. I no longer have salivary glands and I suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia) -- which means that I drink about a gallon to a gallon and a half of liquid every day. Taste has dramatically diminished and has been altered.
33 rads treatments starting January 2009... in which it did not touch the cancer .I had a small burn on throat from rads.
Started December 14, 2010. Five days a week treatment. Severe oral mucositis and recently the first week of January, 2011 developed chronic skin abrasions on my chin and upper lip area, which made me look a monster! That being treated with bactroban.
TOMO Radiation started Feb 23, 35 treatments that are Mon-Fri until April 12th.
1 month
I'm at #17 out of 35. Burning and dry mouth.

Tongue Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Seven weeks Jan 4 thru Feb 19, Mon-Fri of TOMO radiation. At the end, severe burnt neck especially my right neck area. Severe sore throat.
Burned neck and throat and burn on neck got infected...my skin peeled, but little scaring
I started My radiation the first week in July and had alot of side effects. Many many sores in my mouth and thrush constantly. Also i was told i was very sensitive to the radiation and had so many sores and burns on my neck. I have a lot of scaring left.
Side affects were hideous.. She experienced a very deep painful burn on her neck.plus a percutaneous endoscopic (PEG)
July 6 Radiation and 1st Chemo begins
60 Grays (Gy) of radiation
Radiation to begin next week, 5 days a week. Began on 8/23/12.
I've already been through IMRT (radiation) for Tonsil Cancer in 2009. So, they can not do radiation to the same part of the body twice.

Nose Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation side effects included loss of taste, trouble chewing, sore gums and teeth

Ear Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Proton Therapy test

Jaw Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Dry mouth, and due to the radiation I have osteonecrosis of the jaw and now in hyper baric chamber treatments so I can have all my teeth removed as they are all falling out on there own.

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Cobalt Radiation on full chest and abdomen area's. I am proud of my 'Tatt's'! One thing that is just part of it all is the Pneumonia and other illnesses that comes from the low immunities can be some of the scariest and biggest battles we face. Too, with every new procedure and surgery, at least for me, my recovery times seem to be much longer. But despite the illness and weakness that chemo and radiation leaves you in ... if you are still breathing it is a gift.
86 treatments of what was referred to as Cobalt 80,full scan and mantle, 1975 & 1976.
I will start radiation after the chemo ends!
After chemo - 3 weeks of radiation was a walk in the park for me! I took up raquetball (not generally recommended by any doctor, other patients etc!)
Radiation therapy (RT), 2000 rads for 22 days, were given to areas of initial bulky disease. (middle of chest cavity)
No radioation
Declined IFRT radiation therapy
Received 5 weeks of localized radiation to the chest
No never had radiation.
Start treatment on the 25th, chemo is the only treatment on the menu so far.
Haven't started yet
I didn't have an side effects from the radiation!
Radiation in July 2008. I was very fortunate and blessed not to have any side effects from radiation.
radiation was brutal and side effects were phnuemonia
Radiation therapy to field covering the mediastinum and bilateral hilar areas - 180 cGy per day to a total of 1980 cGy over 11 fractions. Radiation to the para-aortic and lumbar fields - 180 cGy per day to a total of 1980 cGy over 11 fractions. (1/30-2/13/92). I had persisting problems with nausea and vomiting throughout much of the radiation but it was reasonably controlled with Phenergan.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

June 28, 2010-June 31, 2010 - IBR - twice a day for 15-20 minutes a session.

Uncategorized Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Uncategorized Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

image guided IMRT starting 10/16/06
haven't started yet
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Starting April I had 25 radiation treatments 5 days a week for 5 weeks. It burned the outer part of me to the point that my skin blackened. I could not walk or sit without hurting,even standing made me weak. Then I had a two week break before I went into the hospital for internal radiation treatments.I was to have 5 high dose treatments done all in one week where i would go in the morning for treatment and at night for another treatment. Monday I went in to have it surgically put in,had a treatment...had another treatment that next day. Then the doctor decided it could be better so he took it out and made some changes.He had me come back 2 weeks later and finished up the last 3 treatments by putting me back in the hospital and surgically implanting the radiation device again.My doctor was very particular about how he did everything and he took such good care of me.
Months of April and May. I had swelling of the feet. Not sure if it even worked.
25 External Rads 3 Days of brachytherapy, the worst experience, very painful, had to lay on my back for 3 days, when they removed the 27 needle implants it was most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. The pain meds in my pump made me very sick. I have had no lasting side effects from my rad treatments. I am very fortunate. Re-treated 2/16 thru 2/18 with Cyberknife for relapse.
yr 1990 yr 2010
I was radiated on a Belly Board, a little different from what I have read on most web sites for Anal Cancer. I was face down on the board, and the machine circled me, doing 8 "zaps" as it went. I seem to have fewer bowel issues, due to this method of treatment, than most I have read about. My radiologist said it was more bowel sparing.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy -- a form of high-dose radiation. While it promises low chance of incontinence and ED, I have not escaped mild ED and take Viagra and Cialis, which both work pretty well.
I had recently in my head. Feels burns in the local.
30 radiation treatments to left hand and forearm 25 radiation treatments to left axillary and chest 5 radiation treatments to both legs 5 radiation treatments to right sacrum
Gamma Knife Procedure performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center by the esteemed doctor, L. Dade Lunsford. It was performed in 2005. I did not experience any significant side effects from having the procedure.
Thyroid ectomy and I am following up with radiation in June.
Radiation is to follow chemo, should begin in November.
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