What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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10/07 to 11/27/07 33 days Fatigue
December 2000 burning sensation on left side of chest wall.
December 2008 after second relapse: red, itchy skin, diarrhea
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.
1995, no side effects
Radiation in 1991 to my right breast and in 1992 to my left breast. No significant side effects.
I will not be receiving radiation therapy
Don't start until mid-September.
33 radiation sessions, partial rotator cuff tear
Mammosite Radiation scheduled for 9/10/2008
Breast cancer No. 1 2004: Quite bad desquamatous exfoliation towards the end few sessions. Found this very distressing at the time.
To be determined
33 sessions in June - July 2010 at The Medical City, Philippines. Burn marks remain on my wife's chest from the sessions (although they have lightened with time).
6 weeks, lymphedema
Still to come
33 rounds of radiation with boost, Feb-March 2010
Began Momocyte 5 immediately after the surgery but my breast was not big enough to tolerate it. then had 25 radiation treatments.
6 and a half weeks of daily localized treatments. 33 total, with 5 boosts at the end. Began 6/2/11 FINISHED 7/19/11!!!
Five weeks of radiation 11/11 - 12/19- Unfortunately high doses caused severe burning. Finally healling after three weeks.
radiation on my back tumors and shoulder tumor
35 treatments for unrelated cancer in 2000 35 treatments for first bc diagnosis in 2005
I had 36 treatments of radiation. From July 8-06-August 16-06. I did get burnt and was applying aloe every day. I did get tennis elbow as a result of the radiation. I then had to have therapy for that.
I had radiation for seven weeks five days a week, for about 45 minutes, some of my hair came out a little after starting to grow back after chemo, first of June, right after getting married in 1994, until end of July,bottom of hands and feet were black.
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
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.
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
radiation starts on March 8th
Just started 4/22
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
None to date - The surgeon and oncologist felt that I should wait before starting chemo or radiation and be on the anti-fungal medication, indicating at least a year, to see if once the infection was gone, the remaining spots in my lungs would be gone. In January of 2010, I lost my job, medical insurance and the financial ability to continue the meds. I've recovered enough to find work and have been there long enough to receive medical insurance...now to find the courage to return to the doctor and take up where we left off, uhhh less the pre-existing conditions...to be continued...
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue.
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.
4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
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.
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
Will start this next week.
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
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.
October 2013-pnemonitis, fatigue
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
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
No radiation on the table yet.
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
Bunch of long words
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
23 radiation sessions
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.
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.
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
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
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.
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
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.
May & June '10. Back burning.
December 2013 - this is my second diagnosis of lymphoma. The first was last year and I had successful radiation treatment from Sept-Dec 2012 in my neck. By March 2014 all was well but I had a red eye. After 4 months of seeing my GP service (pretty useless I'm afraid) my wife insisted I see an eye specialist; as soon as I did I was diagnosed with a "residual" lymphoma in my eyes on August 30th 2013. Residual is good - it means it has not metastised, it was apparently "left over" from the last lymphoma in my neck. In October I had a CT scan that showed I was clear in all my other lymph glands - so that was good. So I had to have radiotherapy in both eyes. I'm going to keep this next bit short otherwise I could spend ages on telling you what I was told by the technicians, nurses, doctors and consultants about the technical processes they were about to treat me with. But it has all been good. Today I am writing this because, after 6 weeks of discomfort and 1 week of "superficial" radiotherapy (which never feels superficial!) and 1.5 weeks to go, for the first time, my eye doesn't hurt; it's hot inside but not scratchy. I have a good store of saline solution which is bliss when you use it….but then you need more and more, like a drug. Today I have not had to use it at all, it's 9pm UK time and 10 hours since my radiotherapy session this morning. Usually I'm in bed after spending 6-7 hours in pain with an eye patch on. I do expect the effects to get worse but all I can say today is that IT WORKS!! The basis of my optimism is that the radiation kills the cancer…..and I can happily live with the side effects because I am alive to experience them. Take heart.
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
Radiation Treatment May of 2012 to June 2012. Mouth was burned from radiation. Lost of taste buds. Fast forward two years. I have taste buds again.
21days, 2 per day starting in August. Side Effects: Currently, have no saliva glands working, have only 50% of my taste buds working, have no beard below my lower lip and in a circle to include the back of the neck.
35 IMRT treatments Dates: starting late August and ending November 11, 2011. Side Effects include; Dry mouth especially at night weak weight loss and muscle atrophy loss of appetite (food just tastes bad period) Mucus in mouth during the day
72 gy of radiation (before the advent of IMRT)
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.
Radioactive Iodine-131: 4/16/10 - 7 days total quarantine. Irritated lung tissue, scalp sores, dry mouth, nausea.
RAI Dec. 18, 2009, 154 mCi. Permanent damage to both parotid glands.
Jan 13th 2012 first round of I-131 - Loss of taste buds, bad taste in my mouth, nausea, swollen glands, and sore throat.
RAI 131 May 2003, Feb 2005, June 2010 side effects: fatigue, brain fog, mouth dryness, dry skin achy joints especially hips.
150 meq. radio-active iodine
RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
Radioactive Iodine: July 2004
Dec 21, 2009
scheduled for RA on November 17
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
RAI Scheduled for 12/15/2010
I took the Pill in November of 2013. I was on the low-iodine diet for ten days. I had an extremely hard time with the diet, and my neck was sore for a week after i took the pill.
RAI-Radioactive Iodine Abalation on 9/8/2009-some activity noted in the thyroid area, but no where else.
RAI-131 Wednesday February 23, 2011 side effects...diarrhea metallic taste. Sweets taste good. Water tastes like a spoon...:(
35 RADIATION TREATMENTS IN 2011, DEVELOPED BLOOD CLOT IN THE LUNGS BEFORE MY 34TH TREATMENT.....
December 12, 2012, no side effects
Not yet scheduled
July 27 - stayed at the hospital for 4 days then another 7 elsewhere (have a toddler) and didn't want him effected.
RAI 2007, 2008, 2014
Radioactive Iodine treatment
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
Not yet started...
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.
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
Radiation started in the end of Feb. went 8 weeks of treatment-fatigue, hair loss in area of tumor, memory loss
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
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)
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
30 treatments in March/April 09 with headaches, loss of appetite, increased thirst, feeling of being hot
6 weeks of radiation - hair loss - tired.
I started radiation therapy in late February 2010 and finished my six weeks of treatment in the beginning of April 2010. It made me incredibly weak and tired. I was also having a LOT of seizures during this time and they made the lethargy worse. My hair fell out where the radiation was focused. I could have sported an awesome mohawk but with my hair down or covered by a scarf people claimed they didn't notice. Two years later I'm still missing hair on the left side of my head. No ponytails for me but I'm getting laser hair growth treatments for free from my hairdresser. I also lost part of my left eyebrow but people say they don't notice it. (I think people lie to make me feel better about all of it.) Parts of my head felt hot and dry. The left side of my head still feels dry and itchy sometimes. I started losing hearing in my left ear in the summer of 2011. I can still hear from it. I'm not totally deaf, but when allergies are bad or I have a cold I hear like I have my finger stuck in my ear.
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
Picking neuro-oncology now
6 weeks completed 1-19-09
right now 10 rounds on the one left in my brain, and the spots that the other 2 was removed from
Mom had radiation - only hair loss. Dad had radiation - trouble swallowing.
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun
Microradiosurgery done in Singapore. Given 30 Gys in 10 fractions. Started on April 15, 2009. Hair loss in some places.
Started radiation November 9, 2011 -6 week course - to early to see much reactions as yet
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.
5 days a week for 25 sessions; then 3 intense bouts. Started March 8th. Recently pain at site, diarrhea, cramping
radiation was the new pinpoint radiation in dec/jan 06/07. main effects are much smaller vaginal area (now the size of 11-12 year old girl).
10 rounds of Radiation soreness in back but that may still have been from cancer lesions in bone, tired feeling after each radiation treatment.
SBRT-nausea, gastric pain Just about to have SIRT and am very excited because this will treat my whole liver and I am feeling positive that maybe this will slow down the recurrence.
5 weeks radiation August, 1984. severe illness and weight loss.
Feb 15th - March 19.
Dec. 29, 2009- Feb. 5, 2010 Fatigue, sores on bottom, bone thinning in my sacral area
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.
Pre-Surgery Radiation Therapy (in Linear accelerator) for 25 days from 27-Dec-2011 to 27-Jan-2012
not yet, but it is coming~
This was the worse part...skin peeled away and very sore.
Radiation therapy 5 1/2 weeks. Started 7/12/2011. Radiation in combination with xeloda. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
Begining 1-18-11, 5 days a week, weekends off...
Radiation and 5FU started 1/25/2012 for 5weeks ending 2/24/2012.
Pre OP external beam radiotherapy to a dose of 50.4Gy for 28days to Pelvis from 04/03/2008 to 10/04/2008on 6MV Linear Accelerator. No any side effect of radiation
Started October 28,2009 28 treatments M-F
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
No radiation, not worth the risks of making damage from surgery worse.
28 days of RADS ,a small amount of weight loss.tired,raw butt
radiation for 5 weeks (On his third week)
April 19-May 26 Monday through Friday -blessed with very little side effects
Daily treatments 08/10/2011 - 09/22/2011 Finished the treatment with little side effects. A few days of burning on urination but that was resolved. Tired the first few days after treatment ended but I increased my exercise routine and now I don't have any more fatigue.
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.
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
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!!)
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
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.
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
25 external radiation treatments 2 internal radiation treatments
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
Doing Radiation concurrently with Chemo so I'm not exactly sure which side affects to attribute to which treatment. Very nauseated, shaky, dizzy, tender in the groin and abdomen area.
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.
started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
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
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.
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.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
For me radiation was a breeze..I had no side affects outside of hairloss in the treated area. I also had 2 internal rads which seem to last forever but I made it!!
02/2010 - 03/2010 28 external and 3 internal rad.
Targeted radiation five days a week for five weeks, beginning April 27, 2010. Fatigue; skin darkening; bowel irritation; queasiness; hair loss in radiated area (yay!).
Rather not discuss
Start- 10-2-10 End- 12-17-10. Horrible diarreha, severe burning during urination and pain in both areas.
28 external and 3 internal radiation
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
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.
Radiation began 11/26/12 should end Jan.11/2013. Side effects so far are extreme itching, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea.
Just finished 4th week of radiation. One more week to go. Biggest complaint is recital and vaginal itching. Some fatigue.
52-54 gray over 30 - 35 days starting on Dec 6, 2010... Had second week of chemo starting on my birthday, Jan 3rd, 2011. Cummulative effect of chemo and radiation made side effects of extremely painful bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea and fatigue unbearable. So radiation treatment was stopped for about 10 days. Resumed on an alternating day schedule until completion first week of February. I thought it would never end... then I thought I would never start to improve. In both cases I was wrong.
Radiation daily for 6weeks. Burns, pain, bloody stools, infection which I was hospitalized for and complete melting of the skin in the genital area.
25 doses over 5 weeks 3.8.09-4.9.09 36 Gy/18fx: primary tumour, inguinal, iliac lymph nodes 14 Gy/7fx: primary tumour & iliac lymph nodes Fatigue, discomfort and then pain passing urine and later, pain on opening bowels. Skin reddening, thickening and some "charring" but no blistering. Fatigue significantly improved 6 mths post treatment but ongoing. menopause - last period during second week of radiotherapy . . .
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.
Minor burns of genital area- used Aquaphor, antibiotic ointment, & coconut oil mixed with essential oils ( frankincense, lavendar, and sandalwood ) EVERY time I pottied
6 weeks of radiation was prescribed. This was interrupted by a 5 night stay in the hospital. Side effects included horrible burns to the bikini area, inner and outer labia. It was especially bad during the last 2 weeks of treatment and for the week following. Drained my energy. Lasting effects so far have been pain and stiffness in the pelvic area, stenosis and low white blood count.
IMRT 30 rounds. Burns, peeling skin and extreme diarrhea.
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.
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.
has not started yet
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.
NO Radiation!! THANK GOD!
Scheduled to begin 10/18/10 for 5 weeks
Radiation, 33 treatments. Began 1/30/12.
Burning, diarrhea and other minor things right now. Started radiation on August 26, 2014. Total 33 treatments
Radiation for 30 days ending on Dec 15, 2013. Burned skin - open wounds
Commencing Radiation 28th April
Will be begin first week of November. Tentative treatment plan is 1 week of chemo & radiation, followed by 4-5 weeks of radiation, then a final week of chemo and radiation.
IMRT, 25 sessions, burning and swelling
Burns, fatigue, bladder irritation
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.
February 25 started 1 of 39 neck radiation. 28 full neck radiations and 11 right side (cancer side) radiation. Mucousitus at 3 weeks. Lost taste and salivary at week 2. Thrush at week 2. Feeding tube at week 3. Took 1 week off (week 5) due to throwing up for 7 days. Could not swallow very early and throat trashed way too early. Couldn't use Caphasol, "Magic Swizzle" numbing meds couldn't get down.
Mucositis, discolouration of skin on neck and face, hair loss, weight loss, vomiting, nausea, extreme tiredness, pain in throat, unable to eat or drink properly, bad taste in mouth.
Started Treatment on May 24, 2011... last treatment July 12, 2011 ...mostly tired thru treatment, loss of saliva glands on left side, loss of taste buds
Radiation is anticipated to begin the second week in July. Treatment plan will include 35 radiation sessions over a period of 7 weeks.
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.
I had my 1st encounter with radiation right before surgery. Then my next was with chemo, and then finally by itself. I had 38 bouts with radiation. Could not eat, loss of teeth, could not swallow, no taste at all, lost 80 lbs before being put on peg tube.
Oct 6 thru Nov 18 -5 times a week
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
I no longer have saliva, the taste of food is terrible. My thyroid is out of whack!
In process of getting everything set up.
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.
Starting radiation about 12/19/11. Ended radiation 2/15/12
Completed May 18, 2012
Seven weeks, 5 days a week radiation, 35 treatments. Dry mouth, loss of saliva, only lost hair on my neck which was a positive. Hated the mask
33 radiations finished Oct. 6, 2008
start radiation on the 18th
35 seventy minute TomoTherapy with Hyperthermia sessions starting Wednesday, November 9th 2011
Started radiation on Nov. 16th
35 days of radiation to left side of neck only, from jaw down to collar bone to mid-line in front of neck.
35 sessions Sore mouth,painful eating drinking, neck rash Weight loss
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,
6 cisplatin tx, one every Monday, running simultaneously with radiation tx of 27 sessions, all of which ended on 11/14/12. Tolerated chemo well, it was a mild dose. Had Cytoxan in 1991 at age of 32 for systemic lupus nephritis and felt much worse then which was amazing because I'm a lot older now. Radiation did not bother me until 3rd week, at which time I lost my sense of taste. By the end of tx's, I was 103 lbs., but never weighed more than 120 lbs. anyway (i'm 5'6" but very small boned). All in all tolerated ok; it was after tx that I ran into a problem with mucousitis. Yuck.
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
I had 40 days of IMRT from below my cheek bones to above my shoulders starting in September 2006. Around day 25 i developed 2nd degree burns and was admitted to the hospital for about 10 days to recover. A mild case of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome they said. Long lasting side effects are dry mouth and difficulty swallowing.
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
28 external and 3 internal rad.
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.
No side effects
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
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.
recommended to start in July
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
I had several rounds of a newer internal radiation for 3 months following surgery. I felt great each time for the 1st day or two, then became very tired.
25 cycles of daily external radiation. June-July 2011
Haven't started yet. Need advice.
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
Don't know yet...
brachy UGH UGH UGH!!! Not the most pleasant experience for sure!! 4 treatments and side effects to look forward to vaginal stenosis... so far no side effects 2 down 2 to go
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
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
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
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.
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
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
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
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.
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
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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