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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.



34 treatments - Oct. thru Nov. 2005
6 months of radiation to the right chest wall extreme fatigue 1/05-4/05
will start June 2010
Radiation starting 1/19/2012
July and August 2010. 25 days. No severe side effects.
Radiation treatments to chest & under arm for complete series - Summer 2001; absolutely worse burn I ever had in my life although it did eventually heal. Also had a complete hysterectomy operation while undergoing radiation treatments.
Radiation on site of mastecomy (2002) Radiation on T12 and right hip (2007)
Began Momocyte 5 immediately after the surgery but my breast was not big enough to tolerate it. then had 25 radiation treatments.
Not many young women there. Duration 7 wks (after chemo started) Daily. Didn't burn at all. Doctor at conclusion surprised by that!
Radiation in 1991 to my right breast and in 1992 to my left breast. No significant side effects.
Yes. 25 treatments.
33 treatments June through July 2009
34 sessions of radiation. September-October 2012. fatigue, loss of energy, tanned skin, itchy.
gave in so family wouldnt dis-own me...november 07 ...sick for a couple months
I had 36 treatments of radiation. From July 8-06-August 16-06. I did get burnt and was applying aloe every day. I did get tennis elbow as a result of the radiation. I then had to have therapy for that.
34 treatments, I think - burned skin on portion of breast which sometimes came off and left a raw spot. OK now.
1995, no side effects
33 laser targeted treatments. The staff is very nice. Hard to explain the treatments are quick! I used a mix of 100% jojoba oil & 100% vitamin E oil slathered on at least 4 times per day. I had only a minor sunburn effect except the last week I got a blister on the area of the lumpectomy I think because they were targeting only that area.
12/27/10
Radiation October 2010, brachytherapy October 2012, radiation again February 2013 real bad burnt skin from last radiation
haven't started that yet, possibly 7/26/2010 I was start rads.
33 sessions, 28 regular and 5 boost started 6 weeks after surgery. Terrible simulation - poorly handled by techs. I didn't fit in the molds, probably because I am 4'10". I did NOT have terrible burning because I found RadiaplexRx on the Internet and my doctor agreed to write me a Rx. I slathered it on four times a day.
Don't start until mid-September.
Radiation therapy went well --- got red and a little "crusty", but nothing compared to the effects of chemo. Tried to tell myself I was going to a spa daily for heat therapy. Never had any pain from radiation, but it was weird to see the change of skin color on my BACK from having gone right through me!
30 treatments started 8.8.11 and finished 9.23.11. It looked like my left boob went to Tahiti without me .. only one small skin break. I was lucky. And tired. Couldn't have made it without a daily nap but I was also fighting the MRSA infection, so I'm not sure how much of my fatigue was the rad tmts.

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
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.

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...
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
Radiation was declined at this time.
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
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 :)
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
Will start this next week.
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.
Radiation to leg
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
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
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
Just started 4/22
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
Radiation start date 4-13-15. M-F X 3 weeks= 15 days Chemo starts beginning of may for 4 treatments
October 2013-pnemonitis, fatigue
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
Dont know
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
December 2004- Radiation to large tumor in lung. October 2005- Radiation to tumor in lung and spine. August 2008- Radiation to spine. May 2010- Full brain radiation.
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

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

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)
Radiation on femur

Pancreas Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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
no radiation or anything else just chemo

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.
6/3/2013-7/17/2013
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
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.
21days, 2 per day starting in August. Side Effects: Currently, have no saliva glands working, have only 50% of my taste buds working, have no beard below my lower lip and in a circle to include the back of the neck.
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.

Radioactive iodine therapy Dec. 17, 2013. April 15, 2014
Radioactive Iodine-dry mouth everything tasted like cardboard for over two months. Salivary gland infection.
Rad 131 2 times
Took internal i-131 radiation, was sequestered from all life (and my 9 month old baby) for 3 days - I still wonder about the long term effects of that radiation....
Radioactive Iodine treatment a week before Christmas....NO real immediate side effects
Soon to start high dose of Radioactive Iodine. Meet with doctor next week.
Proton Therapy test
RAI-Radioactive Iodine Abalation on 9/8/2009-some activity noted in the thyroid area, but no where else.
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
RAI 2007, 2008, 2014
RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
Radiation scheduled for June 30 in Dallas. Body Scan scheduled 2 weeks after radiation. Goal is the radiation will kill any cells remaining in my body.
8/30/11: I recieved the I-123 scan. 9/2/11: I had I-131 treatment, which is a radioactive iodine pill that kills off the cancerous thyroid tissue. The only side effect that I expericenced was a temporary loss of taste.
July 27 - stayed at the hospital for 4 days then another 7 elsewhere (have a toddler) and didn't want him effected.
scheduled for RA on November 17
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
May 1, 2014
150 meq. radio-active iodine
I completed RAI-131 in December 2009 and follow up scans until 2010. Follow up ultrasounds with lymph node mapping tests continue.
4 rounds of I-131, roughly 500 millicuries each time: 1. May 2005; 2. December 2005; 3. December 2007; 4. December 2009
I will begin within a month
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
Radioactive iodine (103 mCi of I-131) on May 17th, 2012.
4/28/09 - 150 mCi RAI
35 RADIATION TREATMENTS IN 2011, DEVELOPED BLOOD CLOT IN THE LUNGS BEFORE MY 34TH TREATMENT.....

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.

6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
5 minutes of radiation on my brain. February 2,2010
Starts radiation 9/12/11
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
2005- 30 days
Picking neuro-oncology now
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
Radiation
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
Just started radiation on 1/3/2011 Completed Radiation on 2/17/2011
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
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.
30 treatments in March/April 09 with headaches, loss of appetite, increased thirst, feeling of being hot
Starting 1/21/13
non so far she hasn't healed from surgery
6 weeks of radiation - hair loss - tired.
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)

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.

Chemo-Radiation Sept 2009 through Nov 2009.
5 weeks of radiation for colorectal tumor,
Radiation therapy 5 1/2 weeks. Started 7/12/2011. Radiation in combination with xeloda. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
Radiation and 5FU started 1/25/2012 for 5weeks ending 2/24/2012.
December 2013 - February 2014
None yet.
Begining 1-18-11, 5 days a week, weekends off...
After Chemo I will have four weeks of radiation with 5FU.
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.
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks, with breaks due to low platelet counts and burns. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
25 treatments finished 12/28/10
Radiation - March - April 2011 for 5 weeks - 5 days a week Pain, hemerroids, vaginal pain, bladder infection
5 weeks of radiation every day except weekends. Wasn't bad but did get some raw places between my legs in the groin area and my butt crack was raw and sore for about 2 weeks after the treatments were over.
5 1/2 weeks radiation to rectum - very sore, red, tender, very tired.
Radiation therapy for six weeks resulting in damage to bladder and intestines.
Started radiation 6 weeks after the surgery. 5 1/2 half weeks of radiation M-F, combined with 1500mg of Xeloda twice daily M-F. Minimal side effects. I slowed down on walking due to fatigue, but not enough to interupt my normal life functions. Some diarreah during the 3-4 hours right after the radiation. No side effects related to the Xeloda.
25 days of radiation before surgery. I had alot pain going to restroom in final days of radiation.
Up to this point none, but within the last 24 hours have had bowl movements every two hours. Have developed irritation of the anal area, very imflammed and severe buring sensation, bowel movements have become very painful due to the irritation.
not yet, but it is coming~
12/06 to lower back, fatigue, 1/11 to brain and ribs, fatigue
25 sessions, last one will be on March 10th--actually i have 3 more after March 10th. next wave of chemo will start after i have port surgery. (June 2010 sometime)
Sept. & Oct. 2005- every day for 5 weeks (except for Sat. and Sun.)
destroyed illium
Just finished six weeks (28 treatments). Fatigue, diarhhea, extreme pain while going to the bathroom (probably due to a fissure that I got because of being constipated from the anti-nausea meds, burning of the skin,sensitivity to the sun, fatigue). Symptoms got progressively worse from week 4 to about 2 weeks after completing the treatments.

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.

25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
Radiation starts withen the next 3 weeks. I will have 25-28 external rads.. 5 times a week. 5 internal rads once a week starting the 15th treatment.
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
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!).
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
none yet
Done and it sucked
Sept 2008 - Dec 2008, Low Dose External, 3rd and 4th Degree burns of the genital and perinea areas.
7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)
alot of fatigue, upset stomach, darkening of skin, irratated skin in area involved, sores from radiation--started treatment in February 2006 (28 sessions of external pelvic radiation)
For me radiation was a breeze..I had no side affects outside of hairloss in the treated area. I also had 2 internal rads which seem to last forever but I made it!!
coming up
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
IMRT started 7/7/08
28 external radiation treatments 5 days a week, then 2 external radiation treatments with low dose cisplatiin. Side effects: pain, nausea, heartburn, fatigue.
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
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
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.
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.
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.
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
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.
Tired. Nauseau. Diarrheia
I had 30 tomotherapy radiations 5 days a week from June until August. The side effects were fatigue and nausea.

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.

6 weeks over summer 2009 burned skin, menopause
30 treatments from Mar 15 thru Apr 26, 2011. Side effects were extreme fatigue, burning of the rectal area and groin, violent diarrhea, pelvic stiffness.
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.
Its been a year since I have completed my treatment and I am still suffering from side effects of the radiation.
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
33 treatments radiation treatments. Had to have a 2 week break after my 2nd week of chemo and 25 radiation treatments because urinating became so painful. Nausea, diarrhea, low red & white blood cells, low potassium.
Began IMRT x 30 days plus 3 boost treatments on 1/4/10 through 2/18/10 Side effects: Blistering and pain. Post complications: Diarrhea, hemorrhoids proctitis, rectal strictures and ulcers, vaginal stenosis, pelvic lymphedema, and dental problems.
Pelvic radiation; July - September 2006 Side effects became so severe required hospitalization during final week of treatment.
24 sessions of radiation starting 2/11/09 ending 3/14/09
5/21/12-7/2/12
* 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
Started Radiation Therapy 3/14/12 ended 4/30/12. Burned bottom and mouth sores during treatment, healed well after treatment. It is now 2 years since treatment started and I believe I am suffering from Pelvic Radiation Disease: Anal Bleeding, occasional (but getting more frequent) bowel incontinence, flemmy discharge with flatulence, frequent BMs. All of this started about 3 months ago.
IMRT: May 18, 2009 to June 26, 2009 - 5 days a week
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.
Six weeks, June 28 - August 4 - side effects, which included burns, bladder inflammation, diarrhea, and fatigue, really kicked in at the last week of treatment. Over the two and a half years since, side effects have included vaginal stenosis, pelvic stiffness (despite daily exercise) and radiation-induced cystitis. I consulted with a physical therapist for exercises to reduce the stiffness, and wow, do they hurt! Managing the bowels is sometimes a challenge although after four years it is getting better. I don't think I ever paid so much attention to my body indicators (certainly not my rear end) before this.
Trilogy machine, began January 5, ongoing. Sores in mouth.
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.
7 weeks of radiation Monday-Friday beginning 1/18/10
skin fell off. All my private skin fell off...(OUCH). Peeing without skin is no fun.. HUH! still cant wear clothes that bind...
IMRT for 28 treatments starting Jan 4th finished on Feb. 23rd 2010. With one 10 day stop after 24th treatment due to burns.
Will be begin first week of November. Tentative treatment plan is 1 week of chemo & radiation, followed by 4-5 weeks of radiation, then a final week of chemo and radiation.
IMRT using PET Scan and CT Scan results. Scheduled to being 11/9/09. IMRT went smoothly at first. As treatment progressed, I started to see signs of burning along my bikini line and painful itching on by anus. Delays in IMRT have been caused by low blood counts (low platelets).
6 weeks radiation. Started March 4th. Monday-Friday. I am starting my 3rd week tmrw So far only vaginal and anal itching....
IMRT, 25 sessions, burning and swelling
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.

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.

IMRT 2009 for Tonsil Cancer (Right side) Second round IMRT 2012 (Left side)
Radiation began on 8/31 with 35 treatments to follow.
35 days of radiation to left side of neck only, from jaw down to collar bone to mid-line in front of neck.
For details see my posting.
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
Did excellant from Radiation (33) treatments.
Yes - 27 daily treatments beginning 2-16-11
Should start 7/16/2012
1st one today 26-April-2010 so far so good but I know whats coming. A tad of anxiety at fist bolt down of goalie mask to table to treatment ....not sure why but got a scrip for a happy pill seeing as how I will have this 5 days a week for 6-7 weeks. Radiation was tough lost ability to swallow. had to learn to swallow from scratch not fun was on the tube for feeding for about two months post treatment, pain pills a little tough to kick weird dreams and stuff remember to take your stool softeners when you take your pain meds..........just one thing you don't need to add to your list of things to worry about if you know what I mean. 18 Months out now can eat alot of things now mouth still doesnt open like it did no big burgers or sandwhiches stilll keeping off the 60 pounds I wanted to lose of the 80 i took off 20 put back on for kicks lost too much. Taste is still screwed sweet still gone chocolate well forget that, acidy stuff, tomatoes, spicy stuff, just gone so Ive learned to eat a new way swallowing is still an adventure throat is much narrower for food and even pills, so have to be careful about everything still. But hey Im still here so the rest is worth it. Its not easy its not fun but its life after cancer every day is better than the day before and not as good as the next day so keep going after all your still around and thats why we fight to begin with. Any questions at all drop me a line
I begin radiation February 20, 2012 for 6 weeks.
27 tx's, ending 11/14/2012; thrush, total loss of taste, fatigue, mucousitis.
5 Days a week for 8 weeks
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
In process of getting everything set up.
Started radiaton 7/20/09
Treatments began on April 4, 2011
Starting end of March
Radiation started 7/11 - 35 days of treatment
Mucositis, discolouration of skin on neck and face, hair loss, weight loss, vomiting, nausea, extreme tiredness, pain in throat, unable to eat or drink properly, bad taste in mouth.
35 sessions Sore mouth,painful eating drinking, neck rash Weight loss
first three weeks we're a breeze until we hit 4th week. she felt nauseous, blisters in her throat,mouth,and then when we hit the 5th week her skin broke open on the outside. from the bottom of her ears, to her chest. this is from june til july 9th 08
7 weeks of radiation daily.
I no longer have saliva, the taste of food is terrible. My thyroid is out of whack!
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.
35 daily Radiation Treatments, extreme sore throat at the 3rd week. My biggest challenge was phlem that collected in my throat, causing coughing, sleep deprivation, and breathing difficulties. Lost 32lbs and was put on a G tube and Narcotics as needed, which has been every 4 hours. Lost hair on the back of my head, but that is supposed to come back.

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
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
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
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
No side effects
None required
brachy UGH UGH UGH!!! Not the most pleasant experience for sure!! 4 treatments and side effects to look forward to vaginal stenosis... so far no side effects 2 down 2 to go
Don't know yet...
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.
About halfway through my 25 radiation treaments extreme exhaustion, and lack of control on bowels, which cleared up few weeks after radiation stopped.
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
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
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.
July-Aug 2014; few 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
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.
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
recommended to start in July
28 external and 3 internal rad.
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.

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.
25 treatments; minor hyperpigmentation towards the end, but very minimal side effects
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.
Radiation everyday for 30 days in March 2012 - a little nauseous, but was monitored for this, so scaring - a breeze compared to Chemotherapy
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.
Still to be determined.
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.
April 22nd 2008 through June 4th 2008. It's hell. But you're in a blur of misery. A few months later your a better person, grateful for the blessings you have in life. Still working on regaining my saliva.
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.
Start date 12-29-14
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.
Radiation on neck 5 days a week for five more weekws
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!
nausea
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

What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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