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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.



No radiation
Mammosite 5 day 2 times a day, a little sun burn. Right Breast in 2006. Left this 2011. The Breast to be removed.
7 weeks of radiation - deep tissue burns - impossible to describe the pain
having radiation now until september 21st
I will not be receiving radiation therapy
Radiation for 32 weeks
I opted for no radiation.
6 week daily course of radiation...September/October of 2008....side effects showed up later: exhaustion, dehydration, and eventually lymphedema as well as pneumonitis in right lung.
July and August 2010. 25 days. No severe side effects.
Well, radiation, wasn't to bad & yes if made me sick to my stomach sometimes. But I think the worst for me was the burn it left on my breast, that hurt the most. I was given cream to help the burn & it pretty much took care of it. I was lucky in that area, I only had to take 7 wks. of radiation & my mom & I had to drive 75 miles every day for it. I think that was the worst, casue with a sick stomach, the ride was not so good.
Don't start until mid-September.
I officially start radiation tomorrow. I do like my Radiation Oncologist. He is pretty cool.
3-10 to 4-25 i expected some burn under the breast. i did not expect burning and discoloration on the chest above the breast. i also did not expect the radiation would be misdirected enough to give me a sore throat and horseness.
Radiation 33 treatments. August 28 thru October 12
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.
Mammosite therapy, 6/23 - 7/3 Thickening, discoloration, burning, peeling.
July, 2004 to September, 2004 Sometimes when I swallow I start to cough. The esophagus was damaged. It will recover, but still hasn't.
five weeks radiation after chemo is done
10/07 to 11/27/07 33 days Fatigue
July 2013 , Weeping Burns
from August to October, 2009. I have a fair complexion so I did burn from the radiation and did have fatigue, but overall I didn't have that many problems with radiation.
Mammosite Radiation scheduled for 9/10/2008
33 sessions in June - July 2010 at The Medical City, Philippines. Burn marks remain on my wife's chest from the sessions (although they have lightened with time).
Radiation to left side 2002 and right hip in 2006, surgery and radiation to left femur in Jan.2012
6 and a half weeks of daily localized treatments. 33 total, with 5 boosts at the end. Began 6/2/11 FINISHED 7/19/11!!!

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.

Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.
radiation starts on March 8th
Will start this next week.
Radiation was declined at this time.
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 :)
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
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.
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Pelvis (aug '07) radiation to area possibly weakened femur in hip area - Fell Jan '10 and broke left hip - surgery to pin hip Jan '10 Left Adrinal Gland Area Sept '09 - Side effects - damaged about 1/2 of left kidney and about 1/3 of pancreas Lymph node in the lower middle back May '10 Left Lung and lymph node in left arm pit May '10 side Effects -fatigue
Dont know
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
Just started 4/22
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
36 treatments...
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.
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...

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

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.
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
no radiation
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
R-Chop R-Ice
Bunch of long words
23 radiation sessions
not part of treatment
May & June '10. Back burning.
Radiation October 2004
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.
Yes, radiation on both sides, and I have had breast cancer on both sides.
3 docs said yes, 3 docs said no, so I did not have radiation after chemo treatments proved decent
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
No radiation on the table yet.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
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.
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.
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
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)

Kidney Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Palliative Radiation for bone metastases (20 Gy/5 fractions) Dec 2012 Metastron Feb 2013
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)

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
Radiation Treatment May of 2012 to June 2012. Mouth was burned from radiation. Lost of taste buds. Fast forward two years. I have taste buds again.
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.

Rad 131 2 times
I had 98 millicuries of I-131 on 12-10-2008. Being hypo was bad! I worked up until a week before the treatment which if I ever have to do it again I will take off work much earlier!! My sweet mom had to cook all my LID meals. I had to save my energy for work. The actual treatment was fine. I was only in the hospital in isolation for 24 hours. I drank lots of fluids and took many showers in order to get out fast!! haha
Radioactive iodine (103 mCi of I-131) on May 17th, 2012.
nov,2010 300 units of radioactive iodine treatment
I took the Pill in November of 2013. I was on the low-iodine diet for ten days. I had an extremely hard time with the diet, and my neck was sore for a week after i took the pill.
scheduled for RA on November 17
Radioactive iodine 131
Proton Therapy test
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
Not yet scheduled
I will begin within a month
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.
Soon to start high dose of Radioactive Iodine. Meet with doctor next week.
7/20/10: Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Eight weeks after surgery I had to go in for a Radioactive iodine treatment. The hardest part of this was being away from my family for a week. In regards to side effects, I had some sores in my mouth and an upset stomach for a few weeks.
RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
October 30, 2008 radiation, confined to my room in quaratine for 3 days.
Radioactive Iodine on October 2, 2013 of 125 mlCi
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
RAI 2007, 2008, 2014
Ouch March 2009 Pain in my neck, face, and teeth
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
Radioactive Iodine: July 2004
june 2003

Stomach Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation began 6.21.13 - Extreme Tiredness, nausea, that is when he essentially stopped eating.
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.
Will begin after chemo
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.

I started radiation therapy in late February 2010 and finished my six weeks of treatment in the beginning of April 2010. It made me incredibly weak and tired. I was also having a LOT of seizures during this time and they made the lethargy worse. My hair fell out where the radiation was focused. I could have sported an awesome mohawk but with my hair down or covered by a scarf people claimed they didn't notice. Two years later I'm still missing hair on the left side of my head. No ponytails for me but I'm getting laser hair growth treatments for free from my hairdresser. I also lost part of my left eyebrow but people say they don't notice it. (I think people lie to make me feel better about all of it.) Parts of my head felt hot and dry. The left side of my head still feels dry and itchy sometimes. I started losing hearing in my left ear in the summer of 2011. I can still hear from it. I'm not totally deaf, but when allergies are bad or I have a cold I hear like I have my finger stuck in my ear.
Picking neuro-oncology now
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.
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
Just started radiation on 1/3/2011 Completed Radiation on 2/17/2011
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
Mom had radiation - only hair loss. Dad had radiation - trouble swallowing.
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
Starting 1/21/13
6 weeks completed 1-19-09
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
6 weeks of radiation - hair loss - tired.
Radiation
non so far she hasn't healed from surgery
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.

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.

i started with 28 treatments and have just over 10 left. i go mon thru fri 8am and have to drink enough liquids or else i feel sick. it hurts like hell i have radiation burns now and when i have to use restroom my insides are raw and i feel everything burn and stretch and a lot of times i sit there cursing and sometimes get tears.
25 days of radiation before surgery. I had alot pain going to restroom in final days of radiation.
Chemo-Radiation Sept 2009 through Nov 2009.
5 weeks radiation August, 1984. severe illness and weight loss.
PAIN!!!
Radiation therapy for six weeks resulting in damage to bladder and intestines.
Started October 28,2009 28 treatments M-F
Sept. & Oct. 2005- every day for 5 weeks (except for Sat. and Sun.)
12/06 to lower back, fatigue, 1/11 to brain and ribs, fatigue
no radiation
external, 5 days a week. Completed 9 of 28 treatments. So far so good... only side effect todate is fatigue.
not yet, but it is coming~
4th week in radiation
Daily Radiation treatements (34)
radiation was the new pinpoint radiation in dec/jan 06/07. main effects are much smaller vaginal area (now the size of 11-12 year old girl).
Dec. 29, 2009- Feb. 5, 2010 Fatigue, sores on bottom, bone thinning in my sacral area
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
Radiation began in June 2008 for 25 sessions. Suffered anus hernias and a damaged tail bone. The hernias were treated with a sith bath and the tail bone recovered by March 2009. Minimal hair loss around the pelvic area.
This was the worse part...skin peeled away and very sore.
No radiation ever.
Bad Burns from radiation (37 treatments). Low energy..or should we say NO energy!
my mom is seing her radiation onncologist august 31. That's when we are going to find out the date of her first treatment.
No Radiation
Severe radiation burns at the end of treatment.
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.

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.
none yet
Daily external radiation (tomotherapy?)for 10 weeks feeling depleted and vomiting
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
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.
Radiation began along with chemo therapy May 21 2014. Side Effects: Extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, luckily very minimal radiation burn to rectum and groin area, and diarrhea. Hospitalized once for the vomiting. Very unpleasant. Keep in mind although I have cervical cancer they also radiated my stomach area due to lymphnode involvement.
I have one more week of radition and i am done with my 6 weeks of treatment. The external radition treatments were a piece of cake. It took about 10 min 5 days a week. They dont' hurt and i never really had any side effcts until this week. A little burning and itching in the private areas but tolerable. The bad part was th internal radiation. I don't want to scare anyone but they do hurt somewhat. We are not talking the worst pain of your life but def uncomfortable. The first day is the worst and it gets better from there. The first day for me meant a cathedar in place, then something in the rectum, then the vaginal cylinder in place. I stayed like that for about an hour while they did the treatment planning. Then they did the treatment which lasted only 6 minutes. I did cry through it because having every hole plugged up is just not a natural thing girls! The second one went better. They only put the vaginal cylinder in and take a few xrays and then the 6 min treatment. Still unconfotable but muc easier. I have 2 more to go. They do offer you sediatives and mild pain pills, but i handled it without that stuff. But it is there if you request it.
02/2010 - 03/2010 28 external and 3 internal rad.
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
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.
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
fatigue, constant nausea, uncontrollable bowels, diahrea from hell!, dehydration. A couple of blisters on my hiney. The good news: the bleeding stopped after the second radiation treatment. Brachytherapy, 4 sessions, was interrupted for a blood transfusion for critical low blood cell counts.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
Sept 2008 - Dec 2008, Low Dose External, 3rd and 4th Degree burns of the genital and perinea areas.
Tired. Nauseau. Diarrheia
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
Start- 10-2-10 End- 12-17-10. Horrible diarreha, severe burning during urination and pain in both areas.
Rather not discuss
Targeted radiation five days a week for five weeks, beginning April 27, 2010. Fatigue; skin darkening; bowel irritation; queasiness; hair loss in radiated area (yay!).
bracheythreapy (internal radiation) very uncomfortable stayed in the hospital for 4 days . had to lay flat on my back for 4 days with minimal movement . they gave the radiation twice a day . there was 19 catheters inserted into the tumor where they ran the radiation in and out . my legs hurt for a couple weeks after. bleeding stopped after 2 days. some nausea for a week after.
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
28 external and 5 internal rad.
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
Started 6/03/09 finished 7/15/09 ... 28 days IMRT pelvic radiation. Side effect- too many to list, skin burns, constant extreme diahrrea, urinary burning, hair loss in radiation area, nausea and vomiting... TIRED (unlike anything I've ever known!!)

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.

7 weeks
Pelvic radiation x28 tx. Mine was "pin-pointed" can't think of what that is called right now. It decreases damage to surrounding tissues/organs. . . Update: Side Effects-"heaviness and weakness in my hips, pelvis, legs still, three years out (from end of treatment.) There are "good days" and "bad moments/days". More good than bad. Still some painful BMs. I use a stool softener (docusate sodium) 3x/wk so I won't pass out from pain if stool is too formed.
April 20, 2009 thru June 10, 2009 (had to take a week off due to side effects) Side Effects; diarrhea, weightloss, nausea, abdominal pain and 2nd & 3rd degree burns.
9/3/2013 Began 6 week routine of daily radiation 5 days a week After week 1 - weak feeling at times, intermediate bowel cramping, some diarrhea, no anal pain during BMs, no skin changes.
5 weeks of daily radiation (Tomography) Did OK until end of treatment. Burns that made urination extremely painful.
ok burns butt doing okay 12/7-12-15/ 12/30 12/31
7 weeks of radiation Monday-Friday beginning 1/18/10
Highest possible beam, 27 consecutive treatments
29 radiation treatments. Second degree burns beginning 3 rd of 6 week treatment. Dirarrhea also began around that time.
6 weeks of radiation was prescribed. This was interrupted by a 5 night stay in the hospital. Side effects included horrible burns to the bikini area, inner and outer labia. It was especially bad during the last 2 weeks of treatment and for the week following. Drained my energy. Lasting effects so far have been pain and stiffness in the pelvic area and stenosis.
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).
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.
I started radiation on December 29, 2009.
5/21/12-7/2/12
meant to be 30 sessions, but pain from burns to the total pelvic area including top of thighs, was too much to go back for the last session after break during the weekend. On the friday, doc checked my 'skin' while I lay crying on the exam table. he offered that treatment could finish then at 29 sessions so the healing process could begin. pain, pain and more pain. cystitus. diarrhea.
* 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
Starting 8 weeks of Monday - Friday radiation therapy 11/1/11
Radiation Only. It appears to have been successful to knock out two lymph nodes. Yet, the Tumor never showed up in PET SCANS. The Dr's could feel it, a 1/4 inside opening - now, my Rectal Dr. says that it is just scar tissue. They are to take a biopsy Friday of areas the pain has spread to. But, I'm not sure what I should be asking for or expecting.
25 doses over 5 weeks 3.8.09-4.9.09 36 Gy/18fx: primary tumour, inguinal, iliac lymph nodes 14 Gy/7fx: primary tumour & iliac lymph nodes Fatigue, discomfort and then pain passing urine and later, pain on opening bowels. Skin reddening, thickening and some "charring" but no blistering. Fatigue significantly improved 6 mths post treatment but ongoing. menopause - last period during second week of radiotherapy . . .
Radiation started July 7 Burns started the end of the following week. Burns worsened the 3 week, to the point that there were blisters all around my anus and vaginal area. Doctors were suprised at the intensity of the burns. Start of 5th week, 2nd round of chemo, but burns got so bad by the Wednesday, that on the Thursday, I had to take a 10 day break. Burns healed incredibly fast and began treatment 10 days later. One thing I noticed was that in the beginning I was being set up for the radiation differently with each different technician... when I told the doctors that in week 4, he had the previous sessions scrutinized and from that time on, there was a distinct difference AND consistency in the setup process. I don't know if in the long run it will affect the effectiveness of my treatment or not. Only time will tell.
6 weeks (30 treatments - 10 spots) beginning 6/11/2012
6/7/14
25 treatments
IMRT daily from June 11 to July 17, 2012; the last 4 were boosts. Although I had proctitis and cystitis and would wish neither on anyone, with good drugs I got through. Within a month of treatment end both were fully resolved. No significant skin toxicity. No signs of vaginal stenosis.
31 treatments horrible burning and pain no appetite bad diarrea

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.

Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
Radiation start date 10/5/09, 35 days total, five days a week
Started Treatment on May 24, 2011... last treatment July 12, 2011 ...mostly tired thru treatment, loss of saliva glands on left side, loss of taste buds
Begin IMRT 9/10/13
35 tx every day M-F for 7 weeks
2/3/14 - 3/19/14 : 30 Radiation treatments (Tomo) Too many side effects to list. See post on 3/19/14 for top ten list.
after 10 treatments I developed a sore throat and sores in my mouth. My tongue feels as if it was on fire.
IMRT 33 sessions, ended 9/11/09
started treatment May 2nd: IMRT mouth sores and mucositis Finished June 20th.
4 of 35 treatments so far, burning in back of throat, some difficult swallowing.
Completed May 18, 2012
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
September 5 - 7 weeks
Had it Twice: Once after the radical neck and again after the radical tonsilectomy
External radiation 5 days/week.
33 treatments starting on November 21, 2011
28 treatments.
7 weeks IMRT starting march 5 2012
IMRT - loss of saliva, sore throat, thrush, sunburned neck, loss of taste, difficulty eating.
Radiation around neck area 5 days per week began December 7, 2009 and ended January 28, 2010. Side effects included sore throat, difficulty swallowing, loss of taste, loss of salivary glands, constant dry mouth, and loss of hair all around neck and facial area.
February 25 started 1 of 39 neck radiation. 28 full neck radiations and 11 right side (cancer side) radiation. Mucousitus at 3 weeks. Lost taste and salivary at week 2. Thrush at week 2. Feeding tube at week 3. Took 1 week off (week 5) due to throwing up for 7 days. Could not swallow very early and throat trashed way too early. Couldn't use Caphasol, "Magic Swizzle" numbing meds couldn't get down.
Started radiaton 7/20/09
Jaw tightens up when talking, need to stretch jaw muscles (stretch open mouth with sticks) 3 times daily (radiation). Need to fluoride teeth once a day. Lose saliva at night when I lay down and need to keep water around.
Radiation start date - 12/5/11 5x/wk. x 7 wks. Mouth sores, sore throat, hair loss on back of head - just a strip between the ears, cold all the time, more tired than normal
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

None required
No side effects
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
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
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
five weeks external beam radiation April, 2011-May, 2011 In-Patient HDR interstitial Brachytherapy 6/13-6/16/2011 Extreme diarrhea causing 2 days of in-patient hospital stay constant Dehydration requiring many infusions
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
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.
Started 5 weeks of external beam radiation in June of 2008. I had alot of nausea and loss of appetite, painful radiation burns. Damage done to ureters which caused me to have additional surgery in July and August of 2008.
recommended to start in July
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
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.
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
Haven't started yet. Need advice.
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
28 external and 3 internal rad.
Don't know yet...
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
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
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).

Sarcoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
Radiation from November 2010 - January 2011. Radiation burns toward the end, low blood counts, and always tired.
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.
NONE - Refused radiation on six separate ocassions
Radiation for 33 times
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.
1997 - later side effects - 1999 Thyroid - placed on meds...2005 narrowed carotid artery plus first aspiration pneumonia. 2009, 2011, 2012 three more aspiration pneumonia. Placed on Feed Tube 2012.
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)
Radiation on neck 5 days a week for five more weekws
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.

Bile Duct Cancer Radiation Therapies

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