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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.



I did six weeks of radiation starting on October 26, 2005. What a whirlwind those months were!
July 2013 , Weeping Burns
Nov/07 PBR(partial Breast Radiation) 1 week = two times a day.
I will not be receiving radiation therapy
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.
33 radiation sessions, partial rotator cuff tear
26 treatmenst
39 treatments... Half of Chemo was done first. "all" side effects possible...but not as bad as chemo.
2 months of Radiation after surgery
No radiation.
36 days straight on the last few I had to be remarked because my skin was liquid. August 2004
6 months of radiation to the right chest wall extreme fatigue 1/05-4/05
This may be in my future, but just chemo for now. When I go for chemo, I tell myself: "I am one day closer to remission and without this treatment, I don't have a chance."
Mammosite 5 day 2 times a day, a little sun burn. Right Breast in 2006. Left this 2011. The Breast to be removed.
Radiation. Linear accelerator every day for 10 days. I had a UTI & had to be admitted for 5 days Then went back for 3 days.
7 weeks of radiation - deep tissue burns - impossible to describe the pain
September 2007 Burned skin on chest and under arm
having radiation now until september 21st
Had radiotherapy in hospital for my back last December and it was a strange sensation but so tiring as well. My scar still shows sign of burnt skin from the chemo although have been told this will fade in time.
33 treatments
Takes longer to undress than it does to get zapped. I sometimes felt it. The only side effects were being tired about 3 weeks into it. But the great thing was, take a nap and wake up and feel good. I had 6 weeks of radiation.
1995, no side effects
Radiation to Breast, axillary nodes (underarm) and supraclavicular nodes (above the collarbone)
breast cancer, Breast exam, breast check,breast screening,self breast exam,breast screening device, breast awareness, breast cancer, self breast examination, self breast check, breast cancer awareness, breast examination, breast cancer screening, breast cancer symptoms
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.

Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Lung Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
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 starts on March 8th
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...
I started radiation treatments on October 25, 2010. I'm not sure what all of this means but my total dose is 6,120cgy. I have 34 treatments total; so I receive 180cgy a day, monday through friday. So I should finish around December 13, 2010 depending on if I miss any days or if my oncologist wants to change my plan. My side affects aren't too bad. I already have some shortness of breath so I don't think it is from the radiation. I have really sensitive skin so It is kind of red, so the therapists gave me some cream to rub on it. They mentioned that my skin will get worse before it gets better.
Radiation to leg
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 :)
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
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
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Will start this next week.
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
Just started 4/22
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.
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
36 treatments...
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

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

Kidney Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Pancreas Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
37 radiation treatments from late Sept to the end of November of 2007. Side effects all my saliva gland were destroyed. I can't hardly eat anythin because I have no saliva. swallowing is hard. I also have a different voice now. People call me sir all the time. And I stay tired still. Nerves are shot and now taking anti- depressants
6/3/2013-7/17/2013
No radiation
Radiation Treatment May of 2012 to June 2012. Mouth was burned from radiation. Lost of taste buds. Fast forward two years. I have taste buds again.
35 IMRT treatments Dates: starting late August and ending November 11, 2011. Side Effects include; Dry mouth especially at night weak weight loss and muscle atrophy loss of appetite (food just tastes bad period) Mucus in mouth during the day
72 gy of radiation (before the advent of IMRT)
Tomotherapy
June 2009. not many, all related to not being able to swallow without pain. Important to get help, magic mouth wash, pain meds. Liquid diet essential

Ovarian Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Thyroid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

I had 98 millicuries of I-131 on 12-10-2008. Being hypo was bad! I worked up until a week before the treatment which if I ever have to do it again I will take off work much earlier!! My sweet mom had to cook all my LID meals. I had to save my energy for work. The actual treatment was fine. I was only in the hospital in isolation for 24 hours. I drank lots of fluids and took many showers in order to get out fast!! haha
Radioactive Iodine (RAI), 02/05/2009
4 rounds of I-131, roughly 500 millicuries each time: 1. May 2005; 2. December 2005; 3. December 2007; 4. December 2009
RAI treatment- Still waiting on date.
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
December 12, 2012, no side effects
Radioactive Iodine on October 2, 2013 of 125 mlCi
Radioactive iodine (103 mCi of I-131) on May 17th, 2012.
RAI Dec. 18, 2009, 154 mCi. Permanent damage to both parotid glands.
Radioactive Iodine: July 2004
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.
RAI, 9/24/14, nausea (lots of it), slight headache, very loose bowels (too much info?)
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
Radiactive Iodine - February 2007.
I completed RAI-131 in December 2009 and follow up scans until 2010. Follow up ultrasounds with lymph node mapping tests continue.
Radioactive iodine therapy Dec. 17, 2013. April 15, 2014
May 1, 2014
june 2003
4/28/09 - 150 mCi RAI
I-131 given on 8/30/2010
Rad 131 2 times
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
Getting prepared to start the I131 treament
RAI 10/06
RAI December 2012. Currently have some dull neck pain. Scan showed uptake in thyroid bed and "thymus"

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.

Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
Microradiosurgery done in Singapore. Given 30 Gys in 10 fractions. Started on April 15, 2009. Hair loss in some places.
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
radiation daily for 6 weeks. started with just burns on my head. get the blue light special during radiation. hair started falling out this weekend (9/26)
Starting 1/21/13
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
non so far she hasn't healed from surgery
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
Started radiation November 9, 2011 -6 week course - to early to see much reactions as yet
right now 10 rounds on the one left in my brain, and the spots that the other 2 was removed from
6 weeks completed 1-19-09
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun
Picking neuro-oncology now
2005- 30 days
Radiation

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.

After Chemo I will have four weeks of radiation with 5FU.
28 days of RADS ,a small amount of weight loss.tired,raw butt
No radiation
no radiation
Radiation started Jan. 23 2012 28 sessions. Diarrhea and total burning of skin.
25 days of radiation before surgery. I had alot pain going to restroom in final days of radiation.
six weeks radiation; ending 7/12/10. This is my last week and i am having a very hard time eliminating. Feels like i am passing glass and i will see the doctor tomorrow to see if he can give me anything to make this any easier for my last five days.
Started March 22nd, some pain in the rectum a lot of mucus, tired for 2-3 hours after treatment
5 weeks radiation August, 1984. severe illness and weight loss.
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.
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).
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.
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
Radiation therapy for six weeks resulting in damage to bladder and intestines.
June - August 2005: Side effects- 1st and 2nd degree burns on the skin; fatigue; unable to sit.
November 1, 2006, 30 treatments M-F caused sever fatigue, cystisis and cramping
Severe radiation burns at the end of treatment.
Radiation therapy 5 1/2 weeks. Started 7/12/2011. Radiation in combination with xeloda. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
Pre-Surgery Radiation Therapy (in Linear accelerator) for 25 days from 27-Dec-2011 to 27-Jan-2012
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.
4th week in radiation
external, 5 days a week. Completed 9 of 28 treatments. So far so good... only side effect todate is fatigue.
Bart has undergone whole brain radiation. Brain tumor surgery via Gamma Knife.
None and none
No Radiation

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.

28 external and 5 internal rad.
started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
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.
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
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!!
Rather not discuss
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.
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.
Started 6/03/09 finished 7/15/09 ... 28 days IMRT pelvic radiation. Side effect- too many to list, skin burns, constant extreme diahrrea, urinary burning, hair loss in radiation area, nausea and vomiting... TIRED (unlike anything I've ever known!!)
External radiation with low dose cisplatin every week for 4 weeks. Then external radiation by itself for 3 more weeks. Side effects: pain, nausea, heartburn, fatigue.
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
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading
Done and it sucked
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six 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!).
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
02/2010 - 03/2010 28 external and 3 internal rad.
radiation. Diareah my biggest hurt. IMMODIUM AD!! and vasaline
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
IMRT started 7/7/08
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
none yet
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments

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.

Radiation burns to my skin, and severe effects internally, as described by my surgeons.
Half way through now!
side effects; Burn at the radiation site, tiredness, pain.
30 treatments, from Dec. 16, 2013 to Jan 29, 2014 The usual side effects
Start Date 11-30-2009-6 weeks of radiation- IMRT
November 22 - January 12 30 treatments total (Chemo pump first and final week of treatment) Treatment was suspended for 5 days due to drop in blood counts from chemo. Burned areas during the last days of treatment causing TEMPORARY painful bowel movements and urination. I have just entered the worse of the worst days and can't wait to get through the weekend. Come on Monday!
30 treatments from 6-23-2008 through August 4, 2008. IMRT... Burning, blistering..think Iwo Jima . Even with IMRT the burns were quite severe. Aftermath of this was stiffness in the hips..even five years later.
7 weeks
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.
25 treatments
11-16-09
28 treatments total. swelling/pain/bleeding
completed my first four days of radiation therapy, fine so far
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.
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.
Six weeks of radiation, loss of bowel control, skin redness, irritation and peeling, fatigue, increased urinary frequency and burning
Start 9/3/13
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.
I am awaiting chemo/radiation. I had a stroke a week before I was supposed to start and just had gamma knife surgery to correct an avm in my brain. They found an anuerysm ,,, so sheesh, now I have to have that fixed and the ball will get rolling on the chemo/radiation
Radiation therapy started 3-17-14 and ended 5-2-14. My skin burned but not too bad. I did Jin Shin Jyutsu massages a few times and used the self-help exercises which seemed to help. Also, I did get a massage once a week when I could not get a Jin Shin Jyutsu massage. Now I am having trouble with diarrhea and I notice a stiffness in my hips. The diarrhea is most troubling because I'd like to start eating heathier and gaining weight. I lost 9 lbs during treatment but before that I'd been losing weight for a while.
Radiation to begin Sept 26 for six weeks, five days a week.
Radiation April thru May 2011 Severe diarrhea 2nd degree burns to perianal area abdominal pain, ilius for 1 week went to the hospital with fever and belly pain
31 targeted treatments, 3/17-4/28/14
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).
Just started radiation. No side effects yet but I have heard they are hideous

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.

33 daily treatments along with Chemo treatment weekly
Should start 7/16/2012
IMRT 2009 for Tonsil Cancer (Right side) Second round IMRT 2012 (Left side)
Radiation start date 10/5/09, 35 days total, five days a week
April 5th, 2010 to May 18th, 2010 Worse thing I ever have been through just awful
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 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
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
Starting end of March
Did excellant from Radiation (33) treatments.
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.
28 treatments.
I begin radiation February 20, 2012 for 6 weeks.
IMRT (proton) to neck region. Total 70 Grey in worst area, 62 Grey in least radiated area. Got severe radiation burns to my neck which manifested in the last few days of treatment, and took 2 months to completely heal. No oral lesions (I applied aloe vera directly to my gums immediately upon getting off the table following each IMRT). The biggest side effect was damage to my taste and salivary glands, and to my soft plalate. Taste was completely gone from 4th week to one month following completion of treatment, then slowly returned (to some extent). Thick ropy mucus seems to be forever.
8 weeks of radiation tx. until April 4, 2011. Bronzing (nice phrase for 2nd degree burns) of neck. N & V. wt loss. loss of job. loss of salivary glands and sense of taste (I miss chocolate)
5 Days a week for 7 weeks
Started Treatment on May 24, 2011... last treatment July 12, 2011 ...mostly tired thru treatment, loss of saliva glands on left side, loss of taste buds
Unable to have any additional radiation with this new diagnosis.
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
Treatments began on April 4, 2011
8 weeks of IMRT, to the neck and throat area, which caused some burning of the skin and temporary loss of facial hair. Dental issues from the radiation on the gums and teeth. Throat closed during treatment, needed a PEG tube installed for feeding for 5 months.
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
01/07/07 34 sessions side effects facial hair gone no bad thang!! and the one most of us suffer from dry mouth a real pain but hey in the uk water is everywhere isn't it?
35 sessions Sore mouth,painful eating drinking, neck rash Weight loss
I had 40 days of IMRT from below my cheek bones to above my shoulders starting in September 2006. Around day 25 i developed 2nd degree burns and was admitted to the hospital for about 10 days to recover. A mild case of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome they said. Long lasting side effects are dry mouth and difficulty swallowing.

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

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.
After chemotherapy ends, I will get internal and external radiation for the endometrial cancer
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.
None required
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
Don't know yet...
recommended to start in July
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
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.
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
25 cycles of daily external radiation. June-July 2011
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
About halfway through my 25 radiation treaments extreme exhaustion, and lack of control on bowels, which cleared up few weeks after radiation stopped.
No side effects
Started 4 weeks after chemo. 25 external for 5 weeks. The only effects were bouts of dysentery and pain in the area treated, no skin problems. You feel worse toward the end of the week as it builds up. After #25 I had one internal treatment per week for three weeks. Radiation made me exhausted every day because it's such a grind. Talking to other patients you learn it's quite different for everyone.
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
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
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.
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
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
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.
28 external and 3 internal rad.

Sarcoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Parotid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Skin Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

could have had radiation but chose Mohs surgery

Throat Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

IMRT radiation started 11/17/09. Side effects were almost immediate - nausea and tiredness. Not too long before I lost all appetite. Thank goodness I have a PEG tube.
Radiation for 33 times
NONE - Refused radiation on six separate ocassions
April - June 2009 Loss of Taste - most regained Loss of Saliva Production - some regained 35 Exposures Amifostine Injections to the Abdomin each day
Due to having a bit of tumor left, I am waiting to find out if I will need radiotherapy.
Every day, Monday through Friday, starting May 4, 2010. Side effects are extreme sore throat, dry mouth, fatigue, loss of taste buds. Taking pain meds for throat pain. The worst part for Tim is wearing the radiation mask.
Months of radiation that covered both my head and chest area. I no longer have salivary glands and I suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia) -- which means that I drink about a gallon to a gallon and a half of liquid every day. Taste has dramatically diminished and has been altered.
1997 - later side effects - 1999 Thyroid - placed on meds...2005 narrowed carotid artery plus first aspiration pneumonia. 2009, 2011, 2012 three more aspiration pneumonia. Placed on Feed Tube 2012.
33 rads treatments starting January 2009... in which it did not touch the cancer .I had a small burn on throat from rads.
Started December 14, 2010. Five days a week treatment. Severe oral mucositis and recently the first week of January, 2011 developed chronic skin abrasions on my chin and upper lip area, which made me look a monster! That being treated with bactroban.
TOMO Radiation started Feb 23, 35 treatments that are Mon-Fri until April 12th.
1 month
I'm at #17 out of 35. Burning and dry mouth.

Tongue Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Nose Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Ear Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Proton Therapy test

Jaw Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

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

Bile Duct Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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