What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
33 rounds of radiation with boost, Feb-March 2010
34 treatments, I think - burned skin on portion of breast which sometimes came off and left a raw spot. OK now.
Radiation October 2010, brachytherapy October 2012, radiation again February 2013 real bad burnt skin from last radiation
Not doing radiation
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!!!
December 2000 burning sensation on left side of chest wall.
breast cancer, Breast exam, breast check,breast screening,self breast exam,breast screening device, breast awareness, breast cancer, self breast examination, self breast check, breast cancer awareness, breast examination, breast cancer screening, breast cancer symptoms
Radiation was better than chemo.
July 2013 , Weeping Burns
7 weeks of radiation - deep tissue burns - impossible to describe the pain
Radium started in September finished in November 35 + 5 boost. Sever bruning of the skin the area that was treated is still very discoloured 9mths after treatment
2 months of Radiation after surgery
Never had radiation
March - May 2004. 2nd degree burns and intense fatigue and sleepiness (no, those are NOT the same thing).
None either time.
To be determined
from August to October, 2009. I have a fair complexion so I did burn from the radiation and did have fatigue, but overall I didn't have that many problems with radiation.
No radiation...was told on consultation for this that it would weaken my lung & esophagus & "may cause them to become cancerous!" Not for me!
63 treatments, finished in June 2010.
Radiation on site of mastecomy (2002) Radiation on T12 and right hip (2007)
33 radiation treatments. tired
Radiation 33 treatments. August 28 thru October 12
33 radiation sessions, partial rotator cuff tear
July, 2004 to September, 2004 Sometimes when I swallow I start to cough. The esophagus was damaged. It will recover, but still hasn't.
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.
Will start this next week.
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
single fraction radiation therapy to the pelvic bone for pallative care, Dec 2013, Vomiting
Radiation was declined at this time.
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
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.
radiation starts on March 8th
None to date - The surgeon and oncologist felt that I should wait before starting chemo or radiation and be on the anti-fungal medication, indicating at least a year, to see if once the infection was gone, the remaining spots in my lungs would be gone. In January of 2010, I lost my job, medical insurance and the financial ability to continue the meds. I've recovered enough to find work and have been there long enough to receive medical insurance...now to find the courage to return to the doctor and take up where we left off, uhhh less the pre-existing conditions...to be continued...
10 brain treatments 9/16/09 to 9/29/09. 5 treatments targeted at mass in top of right femur 9/21/09 to 9/25/09.
Radiation to leg
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
5 days of radiation Feb, 20-26 sore throat for 2 days tired
Just started 4/22
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
Radiation 08/10 to 9/10. Side effects: soar throat, difficulty swallowing, and 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
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.
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
Bunch of long words
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
May & June '10. Back burning.
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.
relapse cancer - radiation (June, 2011)
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
radiation to left chest - side effects: feeling of a lump in my throat, fatigue
23 radiation sessions
not part of treatment
No radiation on the table yet.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
Yes, radiation on both sides, and I have had breast cancer on both sides.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
Brain Tumor 25 years later.
Radiation October 2004
December 2013 - this is my second diagnosis of lymphoma. The first was last year and I had successful radiation treatment from Sept-Dec 2012 in my neck. By March 2014 all was well but I had a red eye. After 4 months of seeing my GP service (pretty useless I'm afraid) my wife insisted I see an eye specialist; as soon as I did I was diagnosed with a "residual" lymphoma in my eyes on August 30th 2013. Residual is good - it means it has not metastised, it was apparently "left over" from the last lymphoma in my neck. In October I had a CT scan that showed I was clear in all my other lymph glands - so that was good. So I had to have radiotherapy in both eyes. I'm going to keep this next bit short otherwise I could spend ages on telling you what I was told by the technicians, nurses, doctors and consultants about the technical processes they were about to treat me with. But it has all been good. Today I am writing this because, after 6 weeks of discomfort and 1 week of "superficial" radiotherapy (which never feels superficial!) and 1.5 weeks to go, for the first time, my eye doesn't hurt; it's hot inside but not scratchy. I have a good store of saline solution which is bliss when you use it….but then you need more and more, like a drug. Today I have not had to use it at all, it's 9pm UK time and 10 hours since my radiotherapy session this morning. Usually I'm in bed after spending 6-7 hours in pain with an eye patch on. I do expect the effects to get worse but all I can say today is that IT WORKS!! The basis of my optimism is that the radiation kills the cancer…..and I can happily live with the side effects because I am alive to experience them. Take heart.
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
20 sessions of radiotherapy on my mediastinal mass which caused damage to my left lung and heart in May - June 2012. The side effect I had was tiredness.
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
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
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.
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.
I had the iodine radiation. No real side effects. worst thing was having to be away from my little one.
RAI 2007, 2008, 2014
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.
RAI 131 May 2003, Feb 2005, June 2010 side effects: fatigue, brain fog, mouth dryness, dry skin achy joints especially hips.
Radioactive Iodine (RAI), 02/05/2009
RAI December 2012. Currently have some dull neck pain. Scan showed uptake in thyroid bed and "thymus"
RA-131 74.4 Mci on June 5th. Side effects included swelling of my throat and neck, headache, nausea and eventually really nasty taste in my mouth. June 12th - full body scan, results were good, and follow up on July 24th with blood work. August 2010 follow up blood work and neck ultrasound which still shows NED. Lasting side effect from RAI - Blocked saliva glands, jaw pain and constant headache. Saliva started improving in July 2010 - but still have the pain and headache.
RAI treatment - July 2011. No side effects.
7/20/10: Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Soon to start high dose of Radioactive Iodine. Meet with doctor next week.
RAI- extreme jaw, throat, and salivary gland swelling.
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
I will begin within a month
4 rounds of I-131, roughly 500 millicuries each time: 1. May 2005; 2. December 2005; 3. December 2007; 4. December 2009
RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
RAI Scheduled for 12/15/2010
I-131 given on 8/30/2010
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.
Radio Active Iodine treatment scheduled for June 2012
Radioactive Iodine on October 2, 2013 of 125 mlCi
15-19 June 2009- First doses of RAI. Very dry mouth, metallic taste, overall weakness. 15-19 Dec 2009- First full body thyroid scan with thyrogen shots...not fun
150 meq. radio-active iodine
RAI, 9/24/14, nausea (lots of it), slight headache, very loose bowels (too much info?)
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.
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
2005- 30 days
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
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.
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
6 weeks completed 1-19-09
6 weeks of radiation - hair loss - tired.
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.
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
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.
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
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
met the nicest people at the radiation dept.
radiation daily for 6 weeks. started with just burns on my head. get the blue light special during radiation. hair started falling out this weekend (9/26)
Microradiosurgery done in Singapore. Given 30 Gys in 10 fractions. Started on April 15, 2009. Hair loss in some places.
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
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.
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).
25 days of radiation. had to stop midway due to extreme diarrhea Finished treatment Wed 18,2009
None and none
external, 5 days a week. Completed 9 of 28 treatments. So far so good... only side effect todate is fatigue.
Radiation therapy for six weeks resulting in damage to bladder and intestines.
.Currently waiting on next oncology appt for continued treatment after surgery
Sept. & Oct. 2005- every day for 5 weeks (except for Sat. and Sun.)
Radiation started Jan. 23 2012 28 sessions. Diarrhea and total burning of skin.
25 sessions, last one will be on March 10th--actually i have 3 more after March 10th. next wave of chemo will start after i have port surgery. (June 2010 sometime)
April 19-May 26 Monday through Friday -blessed with very little side effects
Radiation for 28 days before surgery, totally demolished my skin at the bottom.
5 1/2 weeks radiation to rectum - very sore, red, tender, very tired.
28 days of treatments / fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite, localized burns Jan-Mar '10 Next will be 4-5 months chemo through port
radiation for 5 weeks (On his third week)
Bad Burns from radiation (37 treatments). Low energy..or should we say NO energy!
not yet, but it is coming~
Radiation- 12/23/13-02/05/2014- burns, pealing skin, PAINFULL bowl movements for 2 or 3 weeks
Radiation therapy 5 1/2 weeks. Started 7/12/2011. Radiation in combination with xeloda. Tired and weak. Low energy with uncontrolled diarrhea.
Started radiation 9-14-2009, radiation of pelvic area. Will be for six weeks, everyday five days a week. No side effects yet. 5fu is now constant infusion via pump and Oxaliplatin is halted until end of radiation.
Radiation 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...
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.
Dec. 29, 2009- Feb. 5, 2010 Fatigue, sores on bottom, bone thinning in my sacral area
Fatigue, a hot tush
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.
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.
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
Daily external radiation (tomotherapy?)for 10 weeks feeling depleted and vomiting
Sept 2008 - Dec 2008, Low Dose External, 3rd and 4th Degree burns of the genital and perinea areas.
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
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.
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
i felt like my insides were cooking, but i had great radiation doctors
7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
I had 30 tomotherapy radiations 5 days a week from June until August. The side effects were fatigue and nausea.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
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)
I have one more week of radition and i am done with my 6 weeks of treatment. The external radition treatments were a piece of cake. It took about 10 min 5 days a week. They dont' hurt and i never really had any side effcts until this week. A little burning and itching in the private areas but tolerable. The bad part was th internal radiation. I don't want to scare anyone but they do hurt somewhat. We are not talking the worst pain of your life but def uncomfortable. The first day is the worst and it gets better from there. The first day for me meant a cathedar in place, then something in the rectum, then the vaginal cylinder in place. I stayed like that for about an hour while they did the treatment planning. Then they did the treatment which lasted only 6 minutes. I did cry through it because having every hole plugged up is just not a natural thing girls! The second one went better. They only put the vaginal cylinder in and take a few xrays and then the 6 min treatment. Still unconfotable but muc easier. I have 2 more to go. They do offer you sediatives and mild pain pills, but i handled it without that stuff. But it is there if you request it.
Rather not discuss
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.
radiation. Diareah my biggest hurt. IMMODIUM AD!! and vasaline
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
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!!)
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.
IMRT- 32 doses...if you've done this, you know all the side effects...
NO Radiation!! THANK GOD!
6 weeks (30 treatments - 10 spots) beginning 6/11/2012
Scheduled to begin 10/18/10 for 5 weeks
Start Date 11-30-2009-6 weeks of radiation- IMRT
radiation started Oct 26 09, no side effetcts yet.
Radiation for 30 days ending on Dec 15, 2013. Burned skin - open wounds
IMRT for 3.5 weeks Cone down IMRT for 2.5 weeks Itchiness and sore tumor site Bloating, gassy, cramping Fatigue April 7 to May 16
6 weeks the last 3 weeks were the most painful.
5 1/2 weeks of daily treatment, 28 doses to begin on Feb 20, 2012. 5040 gy. total.
28 daily sessions
Radiation - very hard on the skin. Doctor reduced node treatments to end of week 5 because burns were so bad. Vulva and labia badly burned but healed within 7-10 days. Did get a UTI infection but cleared up in a few days with antibiotics. Anal area still sore at 5 weeks post treatment. Lots of pain with bowel movements. On vicodin and ibuprofen for pain. Having a hard time managing painkillers (constipation), with stool softeners/ laxatives. Sought advice at UCSF Dysplasia clinic and they found 2 small ulcerations in the anal canal (opposite side of tumor) caused by the radiation. The radiation caused also caused nerve damage on the left side of my perineal area. I am on Neurontin and valium for pain and muscle spasm relief. Have been going to a pelvic pain physical therapist in order to desensitize the area.
skin fell off. All my private skin fell off...(OUCH). Peeing without skin is no fun.. HUH! still cant wear clothes that bind...
IMRT for 28 treatments starting Jan 4th finished on Feb. 23rd 2010. With one 10 day stop after 24th treatment due to burns.
32 radiation treatments starting June 6th
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.
33 treatments radiation treatments. Had to have a 2 week break after my 2nd week of chemo and 25 radiation treatments because urinating became so painful. Nausea, diarrhea, low red & white blood cells, low potassium.
Radiation started July 7 Burns started the end of the following week. Burns worsened the 3 week, to the point that there were blisters all around my anus and vaginal area. Doctors were suprised at the intensity of the burns. Start of 5th week, 2nd round of chemo, but burns got so bad by the Wednesday, that on the Thursday, I had to take a 10 day break. Burns healed incredibly fast and began treatment 10 days later. One thing I noticed was that in the beginning I was being set up for the radiation differently with each different technician... when I told the doctors that in week 4, he had the previous sessions scrutinized and from that time on, there was a distinct difference AND consistency in the setup process. I don't know if in the long run it will affect the effectiveness of my treatment or not. Only time will tell.
IMRT, 25 sessions, burning and swelling
IMRT radiation therapy for a total of 7 weeks. The extra week was because of the size of my tumor (8 cm). I had to take a break after 5 1/2 weeks and was in the hospital for 11 days due to uncontrollable watery diarrhea, neutropenia, and burns from the radiation. I finished up the remaining days of radiation after I got out of the hospital.
IMRT daily from June 11 to July 17, 2012; the last 4 were boosts. Although I had proctitis and cystitis and would wish neither on anyone, with good drugs I got through. Within a month of treatment end both were fully resolved. No significant skin toxicity. No signs of vaginal stenosis.
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.
She has had 6 weeks (5 days a week) of radiation. She is done on 1/21.
Radiation, 33 treatments. Began 1/30/12.
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.
first three weeks we're a breeze until we hit 4th week. she felt nauseous, blisters in her throat,mouth,and then when we hit the 5th week her skin broke open on the outside. from the bottom of her ears, to her chest. this is from june til july 9th 08
4 of 35 treatments so far, burning in back of throat, some difficult swallowing.
8 weeks of radiation tx. until April 4, 2011. Bronzing (nice phrase for 2nd degree burns) of neck. N & V. wt loss. loss of job. loss of salivary glands and sense of taste (I miss chocolate)
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.
35 tx every day M-F for 7 weeks
after 10 treatments I developed a sore throat and sores in my mouth. My tongue feels as if it was on fire.
IMRT November 2011 - January 2012
Nerve damage that was painful for several months.
30 planned radiotherapy sessions. Started 13/11/12 end date 20/12/12 Side effects so far (8/30 therapies)- skin burn, dry sore mouth, bleeding gums, lack of appetite, nausea.
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.
35 Radiations, starting July 15, 2014
8 weeks of IMRT, to the neck and throat area, which caused some burning of the skin and temporary loss of facial hair. Dental issues from the radiation on the gums and teeth. Throat closed during treatment, needed a PEG tube installed for feeding for 5 months.
Radiation in April, May, 2008...In general, I have been blessed! I have been very lucky to the extent that I dont have much saliva loss or other symptons. In 2010 I am currently having issues with radiation damage that include cramping in my neck muscles, difficultly maintaining my mouth opening and some slurring of my tongue. I am interested to know how others have dealt with these symptoms. In retrospect, I would have done more stretching exercises all along!!
September 5 - 7 weeks
Did excellant from Radiation (33) treatments.
Begin IMRT 9/10/13
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
Start date 10/28/08
30 radiotherapy treatments starting 7th July finishing 6 weeks later. Grade 3 ulcers in mouth and throat unable to swallow
Completed May 18, 2012
27 rad tx, ended on 11/14/12. Tolerated well initially, started to lose taste after tx number13, very tired; by the final tx, went from normal weight of 120 lbs to 103 lbs. I'm 5'6" but very small frame. During final week of tx, developed mucousitis, which continued for 7 weeks and recurrent thrush. Thrush and I are old friends. I had cytoxan, 6 tx's in 1991 for Lupus Nephritis. The rheumatologists "borrow" this ca drug to treat severe cases of lupus when the kidneys or brain are being attacked.
IMRT Radiation to both sides of my neck to encompass the lymph nodes and base of tongue. My Oncologist was careful and did not want to risk that unseen cancer may have reached the base of the tongue so he treated as if it had to reduce risk of recurrence. Started Treatments on September 19th, 2011 twice a day for 6-weeks or total of 60-treatments. My last Treatment was November 2nd, 2011. The first 2-weeks were uneventful but week 3 to the end was painful and swallowing was a chore. No Peg Tube was used and I am glad I elected not to have one. My Oncologist and ENT also felt I should try not to use one to prevent swallowing issues in recovery. I am now 14-days out of my last treatment and my throat is improving finally.
IMRT 2009 for Tonsil Cancer (Right side) Second round IMRT 2012 (Left side)
Radiation coming up
start radiation on the 18th
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.
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
March 2010 - April 2010 29 external and 3 internal rads. horrible burning, fatigue, diarhea, UTI
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.
recommended to start in July
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
Don't know yet...
30 radiation treatments, five days a week for six weeks
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
25 rounds external, 3 internal, starting in October, 2007, finished in November.
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.
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
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
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
After chemotherapy ends, I will get internal and external radiation for the endometrial cancer
28 external and 3 internal rad.
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
I had several rounds of a newer internal radiation for 3 months following surgery. I felt great each time for the 1st day or two, then became very tired.
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
No side effects
annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
Started Sep26 2011. Every weekday for 7 weeks. Last treatment (high dose) planned for 11/11/11.
About halfway through my 25 radiation treaments extreme exhaustion, and lack of control on bowels, which cleared up few weeks after radiation stopped.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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