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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.



Radiation therapy started offically on feb 17th after the measurements and mold making. So far I have some burning going on since week 3 no more underwire bras for me and I have been having some fatigue. cannot wait for it to be over.I have also had a few pounds weight gain (2)not that I have been eating more but(I think)My activity level has decreased so much. So I will continue to use the Silvedine cream and 100% aloe and Hydrocortisone cream to assist in healing and I will have one helluva brozed/tanned Boob.
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."
End of March to mid May 2010. First 14 treatments were okay. From treatment 15 onwards, burning, and around day 20ish, had to use burn victim cream. Fatigue after chemo plus radiation treatments.
dates to be announced ;-)
october 2008,, no side effects yet
34 treatments - Oct. thru Nov. 2005
Horrible 2nd degree burns to chest in 2012, my pin point radiation to my back in 2014 was much better only side effect was bad fatigue.
July, 2004 to September, 2004 Sometimes when I swallow I start to cough. The esophagus was damaged. It will recover, but still hasn't.
Jan. 4, 2007 Radiation Tatooing & positioning - 33 treatments (5 a week) Feb.23, 2007 - final treatment!
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.
No radiation needed
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.
after surgery
5 days a week for 7 weeks. Severe radiation burns.
No radiation...was told on consultation for this that it would weaken my lung & esophagus & "may cause them to become cancerous!" Not for me!
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.
Full head radiation in January 2011, Loss of hair, confusion, and fatigue Gamma knife in March 2011, same as full head radiation but hair loss was more spotty.
10/07 to 11/27/07 33 days Fatigue
63 treatments, finished in June 2010.
Radiation treatments to chest & under arm for complete series - Summer 2001; absolutely worse burn I ever had in my life although it did eventually heal. Also had a complete hysterectomy operation while undergoing radiation treatments.
No Radiation
When first I went for radiation it was as I was just bloating with fluid from chemo side effects so had to wait and when I went to re-do markers they said markers were now in place so I was able to continue so that was oct/02 or thereabouts... Actually I improved while taking rad as I was so sick to start and on oxygen 24/7 I had some burns at the site and was tired as I had been in advance.
Mammosite 5 day 2 times a day, a little sun burn. Right Breast in 2006. Left this 2011. The Breast to be removed.
Pending biopsy results. I may not need radiation.
have not had yet until thru with chemo, then 35 treatments will follow

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 the 3rd week of August 2013
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Radiation was declined at this time.
Just started 4/22
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
Dont know
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
Will start this next week.
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
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.
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
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.
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
36 treatments...
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 :)
Radiation to leg
radiation starts on March 8th
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.

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.
Zevlin. Horrible pain in my feet, very slow recovery, severe fatigue
Radiation October 2004
not part of treatment
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
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.
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
radiation to left chest - side effects: feeling of a lump in my throat, fatigue
No radiation on the table yet.
R-Chop R-Ice
May & June '10. Back burning.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
Bunch of long words
December 2013 - this is my second diagnosis of lymphoma. The first was last year and I had successful radiation treatment from Sept-Dec 2012 in my neck. By March 2014 all was well but I had a red eye. After 4 months of seeing my GP service (pretty useless I'm afraid) my wife insisted I see an eye specialist; as soon as I did I was diagnosed with a "residual" lymphoma in my eyes on August 30th 2013. Residual is good - it means it has not metastised, it was apparently "left over" from the last lymphoma in my neck. In October I had a CT scan that showed I was clear in all my other lymph glands - so that was good. So I had to have radiotherapy in both eyes. I'm going to keep this next bit short otherwise I could spend ages on telling you what I was told by the technicians, nurses, doctors and consultants about the technical processes they were about to treat me with. But it has all been good. Today I am writing this because, after 6 weeks of discomfort and 1 week of "superficial" radiotherapy (which never feels superficial!) and 1.5 weeks to go, for the first time, my eye doesn't hurt; it's hot inside but not scratchy. I have a good store of saline solution which is bliss when you use it….but then you need more and more, like a drug. Today I have not had to use it at all, it's 9pm UK time and 10 hours since my radiotherapy session this morning. Usually I'm in bed after spending 6-7 hours in pain with an eye patch on. I do expect the effects to get worse but all I can say today is that IT WORKS!! The basis of my optimism is that the radiation kills the cancer…..and I can happily live with the side effects because I am alive to experience them. Take heart.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
Yes, radiation on both sides, and I have had breast cancer on both sides.
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
no radiation
3 docs said yes, 3 docs said no, so I did not have radiation after chemo treatments proved decent
non yet
Radiation therapy was (25) Involved Field Radiation over 5 weeks, March 29th through May 2nd 2012. The radiation treatment itself was painless, although the mask and tongue guard were uncomfortable. The side effects were progress skin burns, mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, and nausea. The side effects subsided a couple of weeks after treatment ended.
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
23 radiation sessions

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.

4/28/09 - 150 mCi RAI
Ouch March 2009 Pain in my neck, face, and teeth
Radioactive iodine 131
Eight weeks after surgery I had to go in for a Radioactive iodine treatment. The hardest part of this was being away from my family for a week. In regards to side effects, I had some sores in my mouth and an upset stomach for a few weeks.
December 12, 2012, no side effects
Will begin Radioactive Iodine Treatment after the second surgery.
Radioactive Iodine on October 2, 2013 of 125 mlCi
Had Thyrogen injections on August 16th & 17th and then the RAI on August 18th. My face, neck and throat didn't start to hurt until a few weeks after the RAI. Now it seems with the cold weather my face hurts. Swollen salivary glands. Very tired all the time. Just completed my 6 month whole body scan and bloodwork for thyroglobulin...waiting on results.
RAI 2007, 2008, 2014
Jan 13th 2012 first round of I-131 - Loss of taste buds, bad taste in my mouth, nausea, swollen glands, and sore throat.
I had the iodine radiation. No real side effects. worst thing was having to be away from my little one.
Radioactive Iodine-131: 4/16/10 - 7 days total quarantine. Irritated lung tissue, scalp sores, dry mouth, nausea.
Radiation March 2010. Didn't work
150 meq. radio-active iodine
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
Not yet scheduled
Radioactive Iodine treatment a week before Christmas....NO real immediate side effects
Rad 131 2 times
I had 98 millicuries of I-131 on 12-10-2008. Being hypo was bad! I worked up until a week before the treatment which if I ever have to do it again I will take off work much earlier!! My sweet mom had to cook all my LID meals. I had to save my energy for work. The actual treatment was fine. I was only in the hospital in isolation for 24 hours. I drank lots of fluids and took many showers in order to get out fast!! haha
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
8/30/11: I recieved the I-123 scan. 9/2/11: I had I-131 treatment, which is a radioactive iodine pill that kills off the cancerous thyroid tissue. The only side effect that I expericenced was a temporary loss of taste.
Soon to start high dose of Radioactive Iodine. Meet with doctor next week.
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
nov,2010 300 units of radioactive iodine treatment
Proton Therapy test

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.

42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
I started radiation therapy in late February 2010 and finished my six weeks of treatment in the beginning of April 2010. It made me incredibly weak and tired. I was also having a LOT of seizures during this time and they made the lethargy worse. My hair fell out where the radiation was focused. I could have sported an awesome mohawk but with my hair down or covered by a scarf people claimed they didn't notice. Two years later I'm still missing hair on the left side of my head. No ponytails for me but I'm getting laser hair growth treatments for free from my hairdresser. I also lost part of my left eyebrow but people say they don't notice it. (I think people lie to make me feel better about all of it.) Parts of my head felt hot and dry. The left side of my head still feels dry and itchy sometimes. I started losing hearing in my left ear in the summer of 2011. I can still hear from it. I'm not totally deaf, but when allergies are bad or I have a cold I hear like I have my finger stuck in my ear.
Picking neuro-oncology now
Radiation
Starts radiation 9/12/11
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
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
IMRT began July 22, finished 30/30 treatments August 30, 2013. Hair loss, problems with eye focus, bad leg and feet cramps at night, face tics, tiredness.
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
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)
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
6000 rads over 6 weeks (200 rads/day M-F)
2005- 30 days
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
5 minutes of radiation on my brain. February 2,2010
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
30 treatments in March/April 09 with headaches, loss of appetite, increased thirst, feeling of being hot
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
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
right now 10 rounds on the one left in my brain, and the spots that the other 2 was removed from

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.

25 days of radiation before surgery. I had alot pain going to restroom in final days of radiation.
from jan/08 to march/08 severe vaginal burning,fatague, loss of appetite,vomiting.
my mom is seing her radiation onncologist august 31. That's when we are going to find out the date of her first treatment.
2/1/2010-3/11/2010 not bad, but tiring!
Done. Exceeded my radiation quota. Started June 27th 2012, continues to August 7th. Side Effect thus far..(7.12.12) Mucousy stool, lessened stool bleeding.
no radiation
Radiation for me became a time of meditation and a time to just lay back and picture my cancer cells being burned to a crisp (along with my bladder, vagina, uterus, ovaries, and anything else in there)...sometimes I cried during treatment and sometimes I just pretended it wasn't really me...I had the best team and although I hope to never have to deal with this treatment again I know where I will go without a doubt - Wellspring Oncology in St.Petersburg Florida. I had six weeks of daily (mon-fri) treatments starting Sept 8, 2008 and ending Oct.20, 2008. I had pretty bad "burns" all over my vaginal and rectal areas, pain in my butt (haha), and my bladder was affected (frequency, burning)...I still have no confirmation of the extent of damage to my womanly organs but will in a few weeks...
28 days after second surgery. Felt ok until the last week in which I was very tired.
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).
April 19-May 26 Monday through Friday -blessed with very little side effects
5 weeks of radiation for colorectal tumor,
Radiation started 6/27/11, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. I was very weak fatigue and nausea. Radiation was a very "grueling" experience.
Radiation therapy 5 1/2 weeks. Started 7/12/2011. Radiation in combination with xeloda. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
Chemo-Radiation Sept 2009 through Nov 2009.
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
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.
No radiation, not worth the risks of making damage from surgery worse.
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.
not yet, but it is coming~
Radiation - March - April 2011 for 5 weeks - 5 days a week Pain, hemerroids, vaginal pain, bladder infection
10/15/09 - 1/6/10. Intense pain from December 09 through April 10.
10 rounds of Radiation soreness in back but that may still have been from cancer lesions in bone, tired feeling after each radiation treatment.
5 1/2 weeks radiation to rectum - very sore, red, tender, very tired.
Severe radiation burns at the end of treatment.
Radiation therapy for six weeks resulting in damage to bladder and intestines.

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.

7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)
45 minute a session, 5 days a week-December 2008-February 2009 with a boost in June 2009. rectal pain, pelvic pain, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, funky taste in my mouth.
Radiation 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.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
IMRT started 7/7/08
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
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.
Radiation began along with chemo therapy May 21 2014. Side Effects: Extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, luckily very minimal radiation burn to rectum and groin area, and diarrhea. Hospitalized once for the vomiting. Very unpleasant. Keep in mind although I have cervical cancer they also radiated my stomach area due to lymphnode involvement.
alot of fatigue, upset stomach, darkening of skin, irratated skin in area involved, sores from radiation--started treatment in February 2006 (28 sessions of external pelvic radiation)
coming up
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
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.
Tired. Nauseau. Diarrheia
Start- 10-2-10 End- 12-17-10. Horrible diarreha, severe burning during urination and pain in both areas.
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
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
Had external and internal (brachytherapy) radiation over a six week schedule. 28 external rounds and 5 internal rounds. Radiation was concurrent with chemotherapy (cisplatin) for 6 weeks once a week. Seriously fatigued for at least six months post treatment.
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
Doing Radiation concurrently with Chemo so I'm not exactly sure which side affects to attribute to which treatment. Very nauseated, shaky, dizzy, tender in the groin and abdomen area.
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.
28 external and 5 internal rad.

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 for 6 weeks that stretched to almost 12 due to severe burning around Week 4 requiring several breaks until end. No menstration for several months but not until a few months after radiation. Severe internal scar tissue, recently discovered bladder issues that started a few months ago could be attributed to radiation.
32 radiation treatments starting June 6th
Start 9/3/13
7 weeks of radiation Monday-Friday beginning 1/18/10
April 20, 2009 thru June 10, 2009 (had to take a week off due to side effects) Side Effects; diarrhea, weightloss, nausea, abdominal pain and 2nd & 3rd degree burns.
Just started radiation. No side effects yet but I have heard they are hideous
31 targeted treatments, 3/17-4/28/14
Six weeks, June 28 - August 4 - side effects, which included burns, bladder inflammation, diarrhea, and fatigue, really kicked in at the last week of treatment. Over the two and a half years since, side effects have included vaginal stenosis, pelvic stiffness (despite daily exercise) and radiation-induced cystitis. I've consulted with a physical therapist for exercises to reduce the stiffness, and wow, do they hurt! Managing the bowels is sometimes a challenge - e.g., a month of multiple daily poops, making it somewhat awkward to know when it's safe to leave the house, followed by a sudden pause, and then constipation! I don't think I ever paid so much attention to my body (certainly not my rear end) before this.
completed my first four days of radiation therapy, fine so far
radiation started Oct 26 09, no side effetcts yet.
28 days radiotherapy.
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.
IMRT: May 18, 2009 to June 26, 2009 - 5 days a week
Radiation burns to my skin, and severe effects internally, as described by my surgeons.
9/97-12/97
ok burns butt doing okay 12/7-12-15/ 12/30 12/31
3rd degree burns on my butt and pubic area.
28 daily sessions
Radiation began 1/18 and will continue to 2/24/2012. Into third week of radiation with hardly any side effects- warm moist wipes easier on the bottom followed by aquaphor
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.
Radiation to begin Sept 26 for six weeks, five days a week.
I had an amazing radiation oncology team. In February 2010 underwent 6 weeks of radiation combined with cisplatinum and 5FU. The side effects are harsh skin burns, diarrrea, dehydraition, but I made it through it without a break and recovered in about 3 weeks with the incredible support of the radiation oncology team.
7/15/13 - 8/23/13 30 days of IMRT radiation. Skin changes, loss of hair in pelvic area, burning of skin which was most severe the last week and week after. Used Silvadene and Domeboro soaks.
Extreme internal and external anal burning particularly during bowel movement. Additionally, IMRT included pelvic radiation so I'm now working therapy for vaginal stenosis. Vaginal dryness is extreme.
has not started yet

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.

30 days radiation
Start on March 29th 2011.
I'm supposed to have radiation after completion of 3 R-Chop chemotherapy treatments.
Did excellant from Radiation (33) treatments.
35 Radiations, starting July 15, 2014
A course of 33 treatments from Jan thru March. Loss of taste buds; dry mouth; fatigue; sore throat; sticky saliva during radiation then gone now back again.
Radiation start date - 12/5/11 5x/wk. x 7 wks. Mouth sores, sore throat, hair loss on back of head - just a strip between the ears, cold all the time, more tired than normal
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
Scheduled to begin 30 Radiation Treatments on March 19 In conjunction with weekly Eributix Infusion
Started on August 1o 2011 and end at September 5th 2011, starting my third week, so far some hair loss, partial loss of taste and dry mouth, no bad, fatigue,
I begin radiation February 20, 2012 for 6 weeks.
Begin IMRT 9/10/13
IMRT 33 sessions, ended 9/11/09
Started radiation on Nov. 16th
Starting March 12 2009
IMRT - loss of saliva, sore throat, thrush, sunburned neck, loss of taste, difficulty eating.
28 treatments.
Radiation around neck area 5 days per week began December 7, 2009 and ended January 28, 2010. Side effects included sore throat, difficulty swallowing, loss of taste, loss of salivary glands, constant dry mouth, and loss of hair all around neck and facial area.
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
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.
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?
6 weeks of radiation. Dry mouth, fatigue.
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.
after 10 treatments I developed a sore throat and sores in my mouth. My tongue feels as if it was on fire.

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
After chemotherapy ends, I will get internal and external radiation for the endometrial cancer
None required
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
recommended to start in July
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
Feb-April 09 Internal (3x) and about 6 weeks of external, monday thru friday. I only had diarrhea once and no other side effects, people were so nice at LIJ.
Started 5 weeks of external beam radiation in June of 2008. I had alot of nausea and loss of appetite, painful radiation burns. Damage done to ureters which caused me to have additional surgery in July and August of 2008.
five weeks external beam radiation April, 2011-May, 2011 In-Patient HDR interstitial Brachytherapy 6/13-6/16/2011 Extreme diarrhea causing 2 days of in-patient hospital stay constant Dehydration requiring many infusions
25 cycles of daily external radiation. June-July 2011
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
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
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
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 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
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
Don't know yet...
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
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.

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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