What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
having radiation now until september 21st
6 week daily course of radiation...September/October of 2008....side effects showed up later: exhaustion, dehydration, and eventually lymphedema as well as pneumonitis in right lung.
34 treatments - Oct. thru Nov. 2005
radiation on my back tumors and shoulder tumor
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.
34 treatments, I think - burned skin on portion of breast which sometimes came off and left a raw spot. OK now.
No radiation needed
Began Momocyte 5 immediately after the surgery but my breast was not big enough to tolerate it. then had 25 radiation treatments.
April-May 2009. Severe burns.
Radiation on site of mastecomy (2002) Radiation on T12 and right hip (2007)
No bad side effects, got a great tan in my right armpit, nipple got leathery, maybe I am a cowgirl at heart! LOL
4 fields of radiation from 10-1-09 to 11-19-09. 5 days a week. Started feeling tired about the 3rd week. Burnt and sore last 2 weeks of radiation.
33 radiation sessions, partial rotator cuff tear
1995, no side effects
Radiation kicked my butt. I'm tired enough to need regular naps during the week. Mild sunburn? Not likely....I've had a rash and blistering.
Sept-Oct. 07. 26 treatments went well. Yes tired but not too much. Glad it is over. Hardly any burning. Used Lubriderm cream all the time; that helped. UPDATE AUG/08. Enjoyed the summer sun but made sure to use SPF 50 so as not to burn.
Radiation from end of January until March 17, 2011. I received three different radiation hits to my breast and one hit to the lymph nodes in my neck every day Monday through Friday. The radiation was fairly easy. The hardest part was having to go every single day. Once there, it took maybe 15 minutes to administer and a total time of being there about 30 minutes. Towards the end, my skin did start getting a big irritated and I started peeling a little bit. After radiation, I have discoloration still but the skin has healed. The only other side effects I did have during radiation is at some point, it became extremely difficult for me to swallow. It hurt so bad I had to spit out my own saliva as I could not swallow that. I had to take some white paste pill that dissolved in water for a few weeks in order to get food down.
I will have to do 6 weeks of radiation, after chemo
Mammosite therapy, 6/23 - 7/3 Thickening, discoloration, burning, peeling.
10/07 to 11/27/07 33 days Fatigue
36 days straight on the last few I had to be remarked because my skin was liquid. August 2004
Brachy radiation treatment (multi-catheter).
Will follow surgery, whenever that will be decided
Radiation starting 1/19/2012
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
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.
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
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.
Will start this next week.
Radiation start date 4-13-15. M-F X 3 weeks= 15 days
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
October 2013-pnemonitis, fatigue
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...
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
Radiation was declined at this time.
radiation starts on March 8th
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
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.
Just started 4/22
Radiation to leg
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
Feb. 24, 2009 Gamma knife radiation perfexion treatment The procedure is nothing short of a miracle in technology, however it requires a metal `cage` to be attached to your skull. That process is brutal, as it the pressure release when it is removed. But they got em' so it was worth it :)
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.
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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
Zevlin. Horrible pain in my feet, very slow recovery, severe fatigue
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.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
Bunch of long words
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
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
May & June '10. Back burning.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
not part of treatment
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
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.
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.
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
23 radiation sessions
radiation to left chest - side effects: feeling of a lump in my throat, fatigue
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
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)
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 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.
100 mCu I-131, Oct. 1, 2008. I-123 scans April 2009 and Oct. 2009.
Radiactive Iodine - February 2007.
RAI Dec. 18, 2009, 154 mCi. Permanent damage to both parotid glands.
I had the iodine radiation. No real side effects. worst thing was having to be away from my little one.
RAI-131 Wednesday February 23, 2011 side effects...diarrhea metallic taste. Sweets taste good. Water tastes like a spoon...:(
RAI treatment - July 2011. No side effects.
Rad 131 2 times
Radioactive Iodine (RAI), 02/05/2009
December 12, 2012, no side effects
RAI, 9/24/14, nausea (lots of it), slight headache, very loose bowels (too much info?)
July 27 - stayed at the hospital for 4 days then another 7 elsewhere (have a toddler) and didn't want him effected.
May 1, 2014
7/20/10: Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Not yet scheduled
Radio Active Iodine treatment scheduled for June 2012
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.
Scheduled for radioactive iodine 5/6/15
RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
Ouch March 2009 Pain in my neck, face, and teeth
Radioactive Iodine 94mci, 2005
Took internal i-131 radiation, was sequestered from all life (and my 9 month old baby) for 3 days - I still wonder about the long term effects of that radiation....
RAI Scheduled for 12/15/2010
I will begin within a month
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.
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
6 weeks of radiation - hair loss - tired.
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
2005- 30 days
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
Starts radiation 9/12/11
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
Mom had radiation - only hair loss. Dad had radiation - trouble swallowing.
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
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
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)
Started radiation November 9, 2011 -6 week course - to early to see much reactions as yet
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)
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
one very strong round of total body lymphathic radiation
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Radiation- 12/23/13-02/05/2014- burns, pealing skin, PAINFULL bowl movements for 2 or 3 weeks
28 days of RADS ,a small amount of weight loss.tired,raw butt
28 doses of radiation.
Radiation and 5FU started 1/25/2012 for 5weeks ending 2/24/2012.
Radiation for 28 days before surgery, totally demolished my skin at the bottom.
Started October 28,2009 28 treatments M-F
December 2013 - February 2014
25 radiation treatments in May/June 2009 Burning around stoma site, blisters and burning in my vagina. Still getting a random blister from the radiation. Made me extremely tired, and nauseated. I had chemo during radiation
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.
2/1/2010-3/11/2010 not bad, but tiring!
i started with 28 treatments and have just over 10 left. i go mon thru fri 8am and have to drink enough liquids or else i feel sick. it hurts like hell i have radiation burns now and when i have to use restroom my insides are raw and i feel everything burn and stretch and a lot of times i sit there cursing and sometimes get tears.
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.
Begining 1-18-11, 5 days a week, weekends off...
April 19-May 26 Monday through Friday -blessed with very little side effects
WEEK 1 - AUG 16, 5 out of 25 done!!! no pain during treatment, no side effects. Noticing tender when wiping butt but not too bad.
5 weeks of radiation for colorectal tumor,
Pre-Surgery Radiation Therapy (in Linear accelerator) for 25 days from 27-Dec-2011 to 27-Jan-2012
.Currently waiting on next oncology appt for continued treatment after surgery
I started readiation on christmas eve 2008. I felt a itching feeling in the area that had been treated but that was about it. As I have more treatments I will blog more info.
Date? Radiation on the pelvic bone to reduce pain and slightly reduce tumor 10 doses of radiation slight burn & loss of hair, sever fatigue two weeks later 7/2/2014 microwave ablation right lobe of liver hospitalized due to the way the doctor went after tumor: collapsed lung, a lot of pain, several days in hospital, pain lasted 3 weeks
RADIATION 1/2/2012 WHICH LED TO A BLOCKED ILIAC ARTERY
Started radiation 9-14-2009, radiation of pelvic area. Will be for six weeks, everyday five days a week. No side effects yet. 5fu is now constant infusion via pump and Oxaliplatin is halted until end of radiation.
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
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.
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!).
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
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
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
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!!)
7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)
Done and it sucked
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
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.
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.
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
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.
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
i felt like my insides were cooking, but i had great radiation doctors
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.
I have one more week of radition and i am done with my 6 weeks of treatment. The external radition treatments were a piece of cake. It took about 10 min 5 days a week. They dont' hurt and i never really had any side effcts until this week. A little burning and itching in the private areas but tolerable. The bad part was th internal radiation. I don't want to scare anyone but they do hurt somewhat. We are not talking the worst pain of your life but def uncomfortable. The first day is the worst and it gets better from there. The first day for me meant a cathedar in place, then something in the rectum, then the vaginal cylinder in place. I stayed like that for about an hour while they did the treatment planning. Then they did the treatment which lasted only 6 minutes. I did cry through it because having every hole plugged up is just not a natural thing girls! The second one went better. They only put the vaginal cylinder in and take a few xrays and then the 6 min treatment. Still unconfotable but muc easier. I have 2 more to go. They do offer you sediatives and mild pain pills, but i handled it without that stuff. But it is there if you request it.
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
IMRT started 7/7/08
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
Start- 10-2-10 End- 12-17-10. Horrible diarreha, severe burning during urination and pain in both areas.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
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.
She has had 6 weeks (5 days a week) of radiation. She is done on 1/21.
* Jul 13/09: met with Radiologist * Jul 17/09: got markings for radiation; no "Uranus with many moons" tatt as requested! * Aug 4/09: started radiation every day (it continues for 6 weeks until Sep 15/09); the treatment itself is painless
Start date 28 Jan 2013
They scheduled 31 radiation treatments, the last 6 were to be more directed. 23 was all I could handle. Treatments ended Sept. 28, 2013. Burning in area and during urination.
Radiation, 5 weeks worth, Had to take one week break due to burns. Side effects included burns and swelling
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.
began Nov 17 end date Dec 30 so far fatigue and some internal and external burning
Starting 8 weeks of Monday - Friday radiation therapy 11/1/11
28 radiation treatments started on 10/27/14. Brutal skin changes (pelvic area) by treatment #7. Last treatments (chemo and radiation) 12/5/14.
radiation started Oct 26 09, no side effetcts yet.
December 14th, 2009 - January 21st, 2010. Mon - Fri for 6 weeks. Side effects: Abdominal pain, loose bowel movements, extreme skin irritation (skin peeling, burning, raw)of the anus, vagina and upper-inner thighs. This was especially severe during the last couple of weeks of treatment and for a week or so post-treatment.
Half way through now!
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.
Pelvic radiation starting aug 27th
28 daily sessions
skin down there fell off. over & over. friable skin that bleeds. No control over bowels..limited over bladder. skin that is tender...can't wear clothes. (no more underwear...except in public) Wear Oversize bottoms & boxers).
I started radiation on December 29, 2009.
Thirty-six (3-D CRT) treatments beginning November 18, 2013 and ending January 29, 2014. Three weeks off during treatment because of severe (2nd degree) external burns on genital area and legs, severe swelling of genital area, and pain during urination and bowel movements. Constant fatigue. Two separate urinary track infections from radiation - the first caused high fever, mild hallucinations, pain and dehydration; with only pain and bloating the second time. Deep hip/upper leg pain developed a month after last radiation treatment.
30 sessions starting 23 March 2015 3D Intensity-modulated radiation therapy Week 1 & 2 - no real side effects Week 3 - some tiredness and slight soreness Week 4 - start of burn pains, increased need to irritate and frequent painful BMs Week 5 - burns becoming very uncomfortable, agony going to the loo Week 6 - ouch and ouch some more
Radiation for 30 days ending on Dec 15, 2013. Burned skin - open wounds
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
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
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.
2/3/14 - 3/19/14 : 30 Radiation treatments (Tomo) Too many side effects to list. See post on 3/19/14 for top ten list.
Radiation therapy started August 8th. IMRT 7 weeks 5 days a week.
yes, 5x/week for 7 weeks...started on 5/19/09
Scheduled 7 weeks IMRT start 3/19
For details see my posting.
1/8/13 to 2/18/13. IMRT/rapid arc with simultaneous integrated boost. Did ok up till 4th week. lost 20lbs. severe odynophagia and mucositis. had dobhoff feeding tube inserted on last day of treatment due to severe symtoms listed.
30 planned radiotherapy sessions. Started 13/11/12 end date 20/12/12 Side effects so far (8/30 therapies)- skin burn, dry sore mouth, bleeding gums, lack of appetite, nausea.
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
7 weeks IMRT starting march 5 2012
30 Day ended 10/24/2011
I begin radiation February 20, 2012 for 6 weeks.
Radiation is anticipated to begin the second week in July. Treatment plan will include 35 radiation sessions over a period of 7 weeks.
33 radiations finished Oct. 6, 2008
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.
Radiation coming up
35 Radiation treatments January 14th through March 8th 2013
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.
7 weeks (35 visits)
April 5th, 2010 to May 18th, 2010 Worse thing I ever have been through just awful! Because of my blood being low due to the chemo they had to wait to do my last chemo until May 30th of that year.
Start on March 29th 2011.
IMRT November 2011 - January 2012
7 weeks (m-f) of radiation with one week off in the middle of treatment along with one day of chemo every week. Began treatment in Nov. 08
33 treatments starting on November 21, 2011
Jaw tightens up when talking, need to stretch jaw muscles (stretch open mouth with sticks) 3 times daily (radiation). Need to fluoride teeth once a day. Lose saliva at night when I lay down and need to keep water around.
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.
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Don't know yet...
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
Started 4 weeks after chemo. 25 external for 5 weeks. The only effects were bouts of dysentery and pain in the area treated, no skin problems. You feel worse toward the end of the week as it builds up. After #25 I had one internal treatment per week for three weeks. Radiation made me exhausted every day because it's such a grind. Talking to other patients you learn it's quite different for everyone.
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.
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
28 external and 3 internal rad.
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
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
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.
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
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
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
About halfway through my 25 radiation treaments extreme exhaustion, and lack of control on bowels, which cleared up few weeks after radiation stopped.
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.
Haven't started yet. Need advice.
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
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.
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.
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six 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
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.
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.
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.
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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