What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
10/13 had radiation to T12 vertebrae as it was pushing on the fluid around my spinal cord. Side Effects: besides the usual fatigue from radiation I got Radiation Esophogitis. It was very painful for a few weeks when ever I swallowed anything, even water.
April through May 2012. Burns to chest and back, very painful, oozing burns but was able to work every day.
Terrible fatigue, sleep sleep sleep a lot. Thristy and did not want to eat much and still do not. the chemo really changes things and it had been a long term effect for me.
6 weeks of radiation from June till late July five days a week. No symptoms other than a little pink and one tiny blister.
September 2007 Burned skin on chest and under arm
Began Momocyte 5 immediately after the surgery but my breast was not big enough to tolerate it. then had 25 radiation treatments.
No radiation, for they cleared margins in lympnodes and removed all. Radiation was in fact recommended.
Started radiation on 9/8/08. 5x/week for 6 weeks.
No bad side effects, got a great tan in my right armpit, nipple got leathery, maybe I am a cowgirl at heart! LOL
Had a SAVI device implanted. Radiation for 5 days, twice a day. No real side effects except for fatigue and a little sore from the device being rotated daily. It was actually pretty easy and over in a week.
28 radiation treatments, then 8 boosts.
35 treatments ending July 2014
I will not be receiving radiation therapy
full breast may 2009 daily 20 minutes got bad at end red sore itchy hurt put lavender natural cream avalon I took spirilina to get rid of radiation i got reiki it helped
five weeks radiation after chemo is done
3 weeks of daily radiation therapy ending 12 Dec 2014. Side effects -generalised red rash over right breast, mildly sore and mildly itchy at times - so far not responding to creams. Also fatigue by about 4pm most days. Both side effects have started since treatment finished.
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.
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.
will start June 2010
33 rads very little burning only the last couple boost treatments is all.
Over 6 weeks--it was very sci-fi--but ok
Radiation started in Jan 2009-lost my hair, pain in my arm went away but I lost the use of my left hand.
Radiation for pain management only, not for reduction of tumor.
35 treatments for unrelated cancer in 2000 35 treatments for first bc diagnosis in 2005
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
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
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.
What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
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 :)
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
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...
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
Radiation to leg
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
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.
October 2013-pnemonitis, fatigue
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
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.
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
radiation starts on March 8th
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
Radiation start date 4-13-15. M-F X 3 weeks= 15 days
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Only side effect to radiation therapy is loss of hair in my neck area, which is a poasitive as I did not need to shave my face for several months. Hair is slowly growing back, which tells me that laser hair removal is not permanent, so stop throwing your money away and keep waxing which I am sure is cheaper. How I know this? I have 2 daughters, LOL.
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
Yes, radiation on both sides, and I have had breast cancer on both sides.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
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.
No radiation on the table yet.
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
Bunch of long words
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)
May & June '10. Back burning.
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.
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
Will Complete 20 rounds in July 2015
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
23 radiation sessions
radiation to left chest - side effects: feeling of a lump in my throat, fatigue
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
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.
Radiation October 2004
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
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
will be starting after Christmas
Will begin in three weeks as I di the implants on 11th Of Oct not sure what is next
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
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
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)
Lymphedema & Fibrosis in left neck
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
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
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.
None to date
Radiation is new for me so Ill let you know as we get there
Radiation November2014 slight weight loss, upset stomach 24 hours a day . Worse then chemotherapy
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
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
May 1, 2014
Radioactive Iodine (RAI), 02/05/2009
Radioactive Iodine-131: 4/16/10 - 7 days total quarantine. Irritated lung tissue, scalp sores, dry mouth, nausea.
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.
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.
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
RAI December 2012. Currently have some dull neck pain. Scan showed uptake in thyroid bed and "thymus"
Radioactive Iodine treatment a week before Christmas....NO real immediate side effects
100 mCu I-131, Oct. 1, 2008. I-123 scans April 2009 and Oct. 2009.
RAI-131 Wednesday February 23, 2011 side effects...diarrhea metallic taste. Sweets taste good. Water tastes like a spoon...:(
I will begin within a month
I-131 given on 8/30/2010
Not yet scheduled
Will begin Radioactive Iodine Treatment after the second surgery.
Radioactive iodine 131
Radioactive Iodine on August 2, 2010. I was very sick to my stomach for about 5 days.
RAI treatment - July 2011. No side effects.
I completed RAI-131 in December 2009 and follow up scans until 2010. Follow up ultrasounds with lymph node mapping tests continue.
I had the iodine radiation. No real side effects. worst thing was having to be away from my little one.
Radioactive iodine therapy Dec. 17, 2013. April 15, 2014
Radiation treatment to begin February 20, 2012. Two days of intramuscular shots then a pill of 50 micrograms. Currently on synthroid every day.
RAI Dec. 18, 2009, 154 mCi. Permanent damage to both parotid glands.
RAI treatment- Still waiting on date.
4/28/09 - 150 mCi RAI
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
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)
What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
Starts radiation 9/12/11
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
May 2002 6 weeks entire body radiation, first degree burns inside out, growth deficiency and hearing loss. Damaged hair follicles
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
30 treatments in March/April 09 with headaches, loss of appetite, increased thirst, feeling of being hot
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
5 minutes of radiation on my brain. February 2,2010
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
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.
right now 10 rounds on the one left in my brain, and the spots that the other 2 was removed from
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
Mom had radiation - only hair loss. Dad had radiation - trouble swallowing.
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
November 2010. No side effects.
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
To start 9/1/15
one very strong round of total body lymphathic radiation
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
25 days of radiation. had to stop midway due to extreme diarrhea Finished treatment Wed 18,2009
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.
Sept. & Oct. 2005- every day for 5 weeks (except for Sat. and Sun.)
28 doses of radiation.
28 days of RADS ,a small amount of weight loss.tired,raw butt
November 1, 2006, 30 treatments M-F caused sever fatigue, cystisis and cramping
December 2013 - February 2014
I had 15 treatments of radiation which were a little hard on the system. It took me about 10 days before I started to feel better however it did shrink the tumour and alleviated the pain. I was finally able to sit without experiencing pain.
Radiation 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.
5 weeks of radiation for colorectal tumor,
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
After Chemo I will have four weeks of radiation with 5FU.
Severe radiation burns at the end of treatment.
28 days of treatments / fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite, localized burns Jan-Mar '10 Next will be 4-5 months chemo through port
28 days after second surgery. Felt ok until the last week in which I was very tired.
10/15/09 - 1/6/10. Intense pain from December 09 through April 10.
Daily treatments 08/10/2011 - 09/22/2011 Finished the treatment with little side effects. A few days of burning on urination but that was resolved. Tired the first few days after treatment ended but I increased my exercise routine and now I don't have any more fatigue.
5 days a week for 25 sessions; then 3 intense bouts. Started March 8th. Recently pain at site, diarrhea, cramping
not yet, but it is coming~
I had radiation therapy in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The only side effects were fatigue and on one occasion, a bowel blockage (this was before the colostomy).
Bad Burns from radiation (37 treatments). Low energy..or should we say NO energy!
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
What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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.
Tired. Nauseau. Diarrheia
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.
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading
Rather not discuss
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
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.
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
26 external radiations; 5 internal radiations (brachytherapy); No burning; diarrhea and intestinal cramping-relieved with levsin medication; longer term effects--pain and swelling in abdomen and lower back pain
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
Start- 10-2-10 End- 12-17-10. Horrible diarreha, severe burning during urination and pain in both areas.
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.
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
External for 3 weeks daily, Internal for 5 treatments and TOMO for 5 treatments. Internal was the hardest on Aimee because body parts had to be temporarily moved to get to the right spot. Darkening of skin and loss of skin in genital area.
28 external and 5 internal rad.
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
45 minute a session, 5 days a week-December 2008-February 2009 with a boost in June 2009. rectal pain, pelvic pain, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, funky taste in my mouth.
radiation. Diareah my biggest hurt. IMMODIUM AD!! and vasaline
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
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.
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!).
25 external radiation treatments 2 internal radiation treatments
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.
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!!
What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
had no treatment
What Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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."
What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
32 radiation treatments starting June 6th
Pelvic radiation starting aug 27th
30 treatments - Started 8/30/2010
Radiation daily for 6weeks. Burns, pain, bloody stools, infection which I was hospitalized for and complete melting of the skin in the genital area.
November 3, 2009. Horrible pain with swelling, bleeding and proctitis
Radiation began 11/26/12 should end Jan.11/2013. Side effects so far are extreme itching, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea.
IMRT & IGRT 28 days, beginning 6/26/13, painless red groin on day 22, given silver sulfadene mixed with Lidocaine, for great improvement. Painful BMs, with tiny abrasions in the anal area. Using Lidocaine jelly for relief and sulfadene. Internal radiation HDR(brachytherapy) for 6 treatments, commencing August 16, (3 times a week).
23/3 for 5weeks
IMRT, 25 sessions, burning and swelling
Some of the terms are slightly different. I have had Mitomycin in the first week plus 5FU, then just 5FU in the fifth week. I'm not sure what ER and a few others terms refer to, but will find out. The size of my tumour is 2cm by 2cm by 5cm, so I've selected something close to this. There appears to be a difference in opinion as to whether or not it has spread to my nodes in my groin and around my bowel area, as this did not show up in the PET. But the MRI did show swollen glands. The treatment is the same regardless, so I'm not too bothered by this lack of clarity at this stage. Medicine is an inexact science after all! I was going to take a break, but discussed it with my doctor. I'm in my last week of treatment now. He described three separate analysis of patients that had taken a week or two week break mid-cycle (same cancer, same cycle as mine). Two showed a marked difference in outcome between those who took a break and those that did not take a break. Overall (allowing for individual variation), those that took a break had a worse outcome than those who continued without a break. The third study that he conducted over a ten year period showed no difference between the two groups. However, I prefer the cautionary approach and am continuing to the end, with new painkillers and anti-nausea drugs and am doped to the gills to get me through!
Burning, diarrhea and other minor things right now. Started radiation on August 26, 2014. Total 33 treatments
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.
scheduled Jan 4 2010 for 6 weeks
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 nearly 5 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.
just started treatment on 9/27/10 no side effects yet
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.
Start Date 11-30-2009-6 weeks of radiation- IMRT
28 treatments total. swelling/pain/bleeding
52-54 gray over 30 - 35 days starting on Dec 6, 2010... Had second week of chemo starting on my birthday, Jan 3rd, 2011. Cummulative effect of chemo and radiation made side effects of extremely painful bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea and fatigue unbearable. So radiation treatment was stopped for about 10 days. Resumed on an alternating day schedule until completion first week of February. I thought it would never end... then I thought I would never start to improve. In both cases I was wrong.
Intensity modulated radiation X 30 treatments, 7/28/08 through 9/9/08. Side effects included burning of the pelvic & rectal area with blistering, extreme pain with urination and bowel movements, nausea & fatigue.
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.
Burns, fatigue, bladder irritation
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.
Radiation started August 3, 2009, last treatment September 18, 2009. Side effects included wicked burns--I was shooting fire & broken glass even when passing just gas-- which have mostly healed, and a fused vagina--surprise! Also, 3 months after the last radiation treatment, I have decreased range of motion and pain in my hips, can't cross my legs like I have always done. And listen to me--I've turned into a complainer.
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
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).
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.
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
IRMT concurrent with Eributx for 6 weeks - this is when the real effects started kicking in. Massive burns inside mouth made eating impossible, burns on outside of neck, had feeding tube in stomach. All in all, lost 75 pounds. Still have constant dry mouth which makes sleeping impossible.
IMRT - 35 treatments over 7 weeks
Meeting with Radiation Therapist on May 3rd to determine how much treatment will be necessary.
radiation therapy ending 5/29/12
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.
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
What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
IMRT - loss of saliva, sore throat, thrush, sunburned neck, loss of taste, difficulty eating.
7 weeks (35 visits)
I'm supposed to have radiation after completion of 3 R-Chop chemotherapy treatments.
27 radiation treatments, ending on November 14, 2012. Total & complete loss of taste, followed by 7 weeks of mucousitis.
Started on August 1o 2011 and end at September 5th 2011, starting my third week, so far some hair loss, partial loss of taste and dry mouth, no bad, fatigue,
IMRT 11/28/2011 - 01/10/2012 Supplemental radiation given 1/25/2012-1/27/2012 Side effects: Xerostomia, lost of taste, pain, difficulty swallowing.
6 weeks of radiation. Dry mouth, fatigue.
35 tx every day M-F for 7 weeks
I had my 1st encounter with radiation right before surgery. Then my next was with chemo, and then finally by itself. I had 38 bouts with radiation. Could not eat, loss of teeth, could not swallow, no taste at all, lost 80 lbs before being put on peg tube.
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
IMRT Radiation to both sides of my neck to encompass the lymph nodes and base of tongue. My Oncologist was careful and did not want to risk that unseen cancer may have reached the base of the tongue so he treated as if it had to reduce risk of recurrence. Started Treatments on September 19th, 2011 twice a day for 6-weeks or total of 60-treatments. My last Treatment was November 2nd, 2011. The first 2-weeks were uneventful but week 3 to the end was painful and swallowing was a chore. No Peg Tube was used and I am glad I elected not to have one. My Oncologist and ENT also felt I should try not to use one to prevent swallowing issues in recovery. I am now 14-days out of my last treatment and my throat is improving finally.
Radiation therapy started August 8th. IMRT 7 weeks 5 days a week.
Radiation treatments 35, side effects severe like sunburn, sore throat, couldn't eat for months, swollowing very difficult. I'm going to loose my teeth decaying at a fast rate and nothing they can do for me. Dentures will be my next step and not sure if they will work with no saliva gland. Destroyed saliva glands, thyroid, and teeth.
30 days radiation
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
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
Oct 6 thru Nov 18 -5 times a week
Seven weeks, 5 days a week radiation, 35 treatments. Dry mouth, loss of saliva, only lost hair on my neck which was a positive. Hated the mask
Scheduled 7 weeks IMRT start 3/19
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.
Radiation therapy 35 sessions Aug-September 2010. Severe mucositis, external burns on neck, dry mouth, inability to swallow. 2011 Aspiration pneumonia January and February
IMRT 2009 for Tonsil Cancer (Right side) Second round IMRT 2012 (Left side)
35 IMRT, 3 Cisplatin mega doses, 100 units per time, 6 hour chemos...daily radiation for 7 weeks- weight loss, nausea, hair loss on face and neck, lethargy, lost energy, difficulty swallowing and choking anything thicker than water
I no longer have saliva, the taste of food is terrible. My thyroid is out of whack!
Start on March 29th 2011.
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
Nov-Dec 2014 - 25 days pelvic radiation + 4 x brachytherapy
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 Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
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.
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.
25 cycles of daily external radiation. June-July 2011
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 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
About halfway through my 25 radiation treaments extreme exhaustion, and lack of control on bowels, which cleared up few weeks after radiation stopped.
recommended to start in July
IMRT to Para Aortic Lymph Node May-June 2015. Mostly nausea, some diarrhea, fatigue.
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
No side effects
November 2011-December 2011--25 days; long-term damage to bladder resulted in one week of hospitalization for blood clots, incontinence, extremely painful urination; serious bladder infection; low white blood cell count; burns on skin around hips and upper thighs; serious digestive problems; lost weight; 1 month after treatment had cytoscopy to confirm radiation cystitis; 6 months after treatment am taking Oxybutynin Chloride for ongoing bladder problems; felt pain in flanks during treatment, later problems with knees that come and go.
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
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
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
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.
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
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
What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
could have had radiation but chose Mohs surgery
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.
I'm at #17 out of 35. Burning and dry mouth.
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
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.
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
Dry ,mouth, loss of taste , mental and physical fatigue.
60 Grays (Gy) of radiation
35 radiation treatments with a break for 10 days due to severe burns. Insisted on getting biafine. Cleared all burns in 3 days with no peeling.
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.
What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Radiation side effects included loss of taste, trouble chewing, sore gums and teeth
What Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Proton Therapy test
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.
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)
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.
28th July, 2015.
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.
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.
Radiation on interstitial mass in chest
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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