What are Radiation Therapies? List from Cancer Survivors

The below is a list that has been posted by the bloggers in this cancer community. There are 6899 cancer fighters that are members here. This is what they said, not what the doctors or nurses will tell you.

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Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation burns and blisters from front to back.
6 weeks during the holidays...not aware of side effects some minor sun burning
June and July 2014
Had a SAVI device implanted. Radiation for 5 days, twice a day. No real side effects except for fatigue and a little sore from the device being rotated daily. It was actually pretty easy and over in a week.
following surgery radiation to large area of back from four vantage points; usual side effects of radiation plus nausea and diarrhea because rads went through tummy and intestines to get to spine
october 2008,, no side effects yet
Will follow surgery, whenever that will be decided
No radiation...was told on consultation for this that it would weaken my lung & esophagus & "may cause them to become cancerous!" Not for me!
Won't know until the lymph nodes are tested. Post Op note: yes, 6.5 weeks of radiation will begin in Jan. of '11. 9 nodes taken three, including a sentinel, had cancer.
6 weeks radiation ending 2/27/2018. No problems - not even redness.
Takes longer to undress than it does to get zapped. I sometimes felt it. The only side effects were being tired about 3 weeks into it. But the great thing was, take a nap and wake up and feel good. I had 6 weeks of radiation.
Radiation October 2010, brachytherapy October 2012, radiation again February 2013 real bad burnt skin from last radiation
Not yet
I had fatigue with radiation. Went on an alternate work schedule during treatment.
30 treatments started 8.8.11 and finished 9.23.11. It looked like my left boob went to Tahiti without me .. only one small skin break. I was lucky. And tired. Couldn't have made it without a daily nap but I was also fighting the MRSA infection, so I'm not sure how much of my fatigue was the rad tmts.
2 months of Radiation after surgery
6 week daily course of radiation...September/October of 2008....side effects showed up later: exhaustion, dehydration, and eventually lymphedema as well as pneumonitis in right lung.
May of 2004; six weeks; breast raw for 1 week; I have alot of stiffness under my arm; I exercise it by swimming
Radiation was the hardest for Kathy a lot of little pains and soreness.
December 2008 after second relapse: red, itchy skin, diarrhea
Yes 6.5 weeks worth. I had a bad burn.The fatigue was difficult.
no radiation
No radiation
Couldn't take radiation. Third treatment ended up in hospital with pain in the center of my chest. difficulty breathing. tried again, again same symptoms...doctor of radiology told me i was going to get cancer in my chest wall and it would be very painful to remove. So I am NOT. Still hurts.
10/13 had radiation to T12 vertebrae as it was pushing on the fluid around my spinal cord. Side Effects: besides the usual fatigue from radiation I got Radiation Esophogitis. It was very painful for a few weeks when ever I swallowed anything, even water.

Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

NONE!!
3 months of conformal radiation at Tufts New England The radiation caused the bladder cancer and much irritation
brachytherapy sept 2015 urination difficulty after, subsided a week later with pills
I had 38 radiation treatments in 2016. It made me feel very fatigued and other painful side effects.
N/A Radiation poisons; cannabis cures.
None. Had surgery not worked I would have been put on radiotherapy but thankfully it was not needed.
Burning senceation when urinating May 2000 to July 2000
40 treatments in 2005. Difficulty holding bladder.
41 sessions to pelvis area and prostate, using Orbit Arc, some side effects; dizziness, burns, medications helped ease the process
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.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, 36 treatments, Sep 20-Nov 8, 2011. Side effects: genital shrinkage and permanent loss of my pubic hair.
Due to have in May 2014
Brachytherapy 10 yrs ago. Recurrence 2 years ago
to my back, ten treatments, now i need to self catherize and have a blood clot in my entire right leg
February 2003. Side Effects - ED, Tiredness, fatigue, hot flushes, Radiation burns to anus and buttocks, rectal leaking and short term memory loss.

Lung Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

4-12-10 targeted therapy radiation
35 treatments daily for 7 weeks 1998
October 2008 Radiation. Max dose. She can never receive it again.
Weill have gamma Knife radiation to brain lesions
Radiation started 10/10/07 and I go M-F once a day for 6 weeks
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...
35 radiation treatments, some sore throat and trouble swalowing.
Starting radiation with my second chemo on the 24th of august 2010
Ten whole-head treatments ending on 22 April 2010. Side Effects - loss of hair.
Will start this next week.
15 days of 30 treatments. Extreme nausea-vomiting ribs and back hurt from A:cancer B:radiation C:surgery D: all above
36 treatments...
Mevatron radiation for brain on Nov 22, 2012
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.
Feb. 24, 2009 Gamma knife radiation perfexion treatment The procedure is nothing short of a miracle in technology, however it requires a metal `cage` to be attached to your skull. That process is brutal, as it the pressure release when it is removed. But they got em' so it was worth it :)
Radiation everyday for 3 months very tired
radiation starts on March 8th
Radiation to leg
Radiation 6 weeks may June 2016. Esophagitis, chronic cough
starting the 3rd week of August 2013
Proton radiation, right upper lobe, 2014 Upper left lobe, 2017, photon radiation
9/12/08 gold seed marker placement-inferior right hepatic lobe 9/22-9/26/08 Cyberknife radiation for liver metastasis
October 2013-pnemonitis, fatigue
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.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
not part of treatment
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
Started radiation on brain Nov 2016 had just 5 sessios 'to clean up area' no side effects except for a little burnig at site which moisturiser healed
May 11th 2016 we decide to not have the external beam radiation recommended by our Oncologist.
4000 rads finished 3/2015. major burns now just weird tan
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
no radiation
Zevlin. Horrible pain in my feet, very slow recovery, severe fatigue
Only side effect to radiation therapy is loss of hair in my neck area, which is a poasitive as I did not need to shave my face for several months. Hair is slowly growing back, which tells me that laser hair removal is not permanent, so stop throwing your money away and keep waxing which I am sure is cheaper. How I know this? I have 2 daughters, LOL.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
23 radiation sessions
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.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
3 docs said yes, 3 docs said no, so I did not have radiation after chemo treatments proved decent
Yes, radiation on both sides, and I have had breast cancer on both sides.
non yet
Bunch of long words
Radiation with Breast Surgery
Apr 18 2018 skin rashes (itchy & redness), hot feeling, dry throat.
Had TOMOTHERAPY without any known side affects
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.
Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.

Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

I can't remember. Twenty sessions to neck after neck surgery, five treatments to brain after craniotomy.
Didn’t do Radiation they. Could not guarantee that the radiation would not enter my brain

Kidney Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

My husband had radiation at the site of his neck surgery.
no treatment yet?
No chemo no radiation
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

Pancreatic Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Pancreatic Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

will be starting after Christmas
Oct 12-Nov 2, 2015 chemo- xeloda- so far, no side effects
Every other day radiation
Mom chose not to do radiation
Will begin in three weeks as I di the implants on 11th Of Oct not sure what is next
Radiation to start on Oct.25th for new tumor on 1st surgical bed thats not responding to other treatments..
Radiation was given at UPMC Shadyside after a bad bleeding episode. We were told radiation could stop the bleeding but with too much could make it worse.
Dec 15 to feb 1,2016 weight loss, pain, very poor appetite, and diminished short term memory,fatique
No. Maybe after chemo.
Radiation - Jan 2013-March 2013; Reported weight loss, nausea, some disorientation on dehydration.
Chemo/radiation from 8/11/16-9/20/16. Some nausea, diarrhea and fatigue
no radiation or anything else just chemo
Radiation Therapy June 2011 for 5 weeks
Radiation followed first course of chemotherapy, and was given for 28 days in September 2010
Declined radiation on advice from second opinion from Dana Farber
Radiation to liver and pancreas area 8/13/18-9/25/18
No radiation
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.

Oral Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Loss of taste, acute mucositis, loss of hair at back or neck, blistering of throat.
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.
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
Hoping to avoid.
25 treatments, 9 days in every 2 weeks - partial hair loss, starting 1st week in February this year, finishing March 18th
Tomotherapy
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
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
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!
Waiting to start
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.

Ovarian Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

No radiation done
None to date
Radiation therapy to the abdominal/pelvic area; diarrhea, abdominal cramping
Radiation is every two weeks for me. I suffer from extreme fatigue and almost like a sunburn on the area.
Radiation is new for me so Ill let you know as we get there
radiation on the neck damaged my salavia glands
Fatigue nausea diarrhea dental problems severe digestion issues
august 09: radiation in my stomach, new tumor 6 cm
Radiation in 2003. A small bit of redness and burning of the skin.
TBD, Feb 2016 - Brain
stay tuned....

Thyroid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
I will begin within a month
RAI in June. Ultasound last week (Feb. 2012) no side effects
Radio Active Iodine treatment scheduled for June 2012
Will begin Radioactive Iodine Treatment after the second surgery.
11/06 - Radioactive Iodine 105 McI 7/08 - Radioactive Iodine 158 Mcl - temporary blockage of saliva glands (3 & 5 months later)
Radioactive iodine 131
scheduled for RA on November 17
Ouch March 2009 Pain in my neck, face, and teeth
I had a very soft tone voice for about 4 months after surgery.
Radioactive Iodine (52.1 mCi), 7/31/15
Radioactive Iodine therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
Radiation scheduled for June 30 in Dallas. Body Scan scheduled 2 weeks after radiation. Goal is the radiation will kill any cells remaining in my body.
Eight weeks after surgery I had to go in for a Radioactive iodine treatment. The hardest part of this was being away from my family for a week. In regards to side effects, I had some sores in my mouth and an upset stomach for a few weeks.
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
Rad 131 2 times
Radiation treatment to begin February 20, 2012. Two days of intramuscular shots then a pill of 50 micrograms. Currently on synthroid every day.
Radioactive iodine (103 mCi of I-131) on May 17th, 2012.
RAI 131 May 2003, Feb 2005, June 2010 side effects: fatigue, brain fog, mouth dryness, dry skin achy joints especially hips.
RAI Dec. 18, 2009, 154 mCi. Permanent damage to both parotid glands.
100 mCu I-131, Oct. 1, 2008. I-123 scans April 2009 and Oct. 2009.
Jan 13th 2012 first round of I-131 - Loss of taste buds, bad taste in my mouth, nausea, swollen glands, and sore throat.
Radioactive Iodine-131: 4/16/10 - 7 days total quarantine. Irritated lung tissue, scalp sores, dry mouth, nausea.
Radioactive iodine ablation therapy scheduled August 2015.
RAI-131 Wednesday February 23, 2011 side effects...diarrhea metallic taste. Sweets taste good. Water tastes like a spoon...:(

Stomach Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
Doctor saids he want help.
Radiation began 6.21.13 - Extreme Tiredness, nausea, that is when he essentially stopped eating.
radiation 1989 - ignorance is bliss....I didn't find the treatment too bad, maybe 'cos I'm able to block out the "what if" questions (or as my wife prefers to put it, I am too stupid to get worried)

Brain Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
Mom had radiation - only hair loss. Dad had radiation - trouble swallowing.
right now 10 rounds on the one left in my brain, and the spots that the other 2 was removed from
slured speach dizziness and delirium
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
LINAC 6 WEEKS
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness
in midst of this now, won't know side effects for months afterwards, but believing in God that there will not be any!
Radiation - 6 weeks ends August 24th
August and September 2007, Hair loss at site, nausea, redness and burning at site. August 2009, Minimal Side Effects
Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Chills
brain damage, vision change and partial hearling loss
Radiation - 12/2009 - 2/2010. Very emotionally draining. Once got back from treatment had to take a nap.
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
Starting 1/21/13
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
11/06-12/06 tolerated radiation and low dose of temodar quite well until the 4th week, then he became extremely fatigued.
30 treatments in March/April 09 with headaches, loss of appetite, increased thirst, feeling of being hot
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
every 5 days then off for two days for a period of 3 weeks. Loss of hair and VERY tired afterwards
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
Picking neuro-oncology now
DATES: Jan06 - Mar06 Side Effects: Hair loss, metalic taste when receiving radition, nausea, sensitivity to sun

Multiple Myeloma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

To start 9/1/15
4/2010
Was nauseated after almost every session. Due to the back pain it was extremely hard to get from the stretcher to the table. It always felt like i was getting stabbed in the back. Loss of appetite.
one very strong round of total body lymphathic radiation
November 2010. No side effects.

Colon and Rectal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

no radiation
Radiation started Jan. 23 2012 28 sessions. Diarrhea and total burning of skin.
10/15/09 - 1/6/10. Intense pain from December 09 through April 10.
my mom is seing her radiation onncologist august 31. That's when we are going to find out the date of her first treatment.
28 doses of radiation.
No radiation, not worth the risks of making damage from surgery worse.
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
Radiation
28 days of Radiation b4 surgery 11/12 - 12/12. I had some diarrhea and rectal burning but not to bad.
not yet, but it is coming~
Radiation - March - April 2011 for 5 weeks - 5 days a week Pain, hemerroids, vaginal pain, bladder infection
No radiation
Dec. 29, 2009- Feb. 5, 2010 Fatigue, sores on bottom, bone thinning in my sacral area
PAIN!!!
Radiation and 5FU started 1/25/2012 for 5weeks ending 2/24/2012.
I had 15 treatments of radiation which were a little hard on the system. It took me about 10 days before I started to feel better however it did shrink the tumour and alleviated the pain. I was finally able to sit without experiencing pain.
Chemo-Radiation Sept 2009 through Nov 2009.
Started March 22nd, some pain in the rectum a lot of mucus, tired for 2-3 hours after treatment
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.
5 weeks of radiation and chemo. July 2007
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...
This was the worse part...skin peeled away and very sore.
Bart has undergone whole brain radiation. Brain tumor surgery via Gamma Knife.
Started Radiation April 10th. She has 28 sessions. Week One. Fatigue Week Two. Cramps, bloating, occasional bloody discharge
December 2013 - February 2014

Liver Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

i will tell you
Radioactive spheres injected into the liver. May and September 2009. Thought it had worked but didn't

Cervical Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
Radiation side effects were just becoming exausted. I was pretty healthy until I got cancer, never had any health issues and never had to take any medication before.
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
Daily external radiation (tomotherapy?)for 10 weeks feeling depleted and vomiting
Done and it sucked
coming up
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!!)
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)
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.
28 Radiation treatments, 5 targeted treatments to lymph nodes and Brachy Therapy (4 treatments). Side effects: Diarrhea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, dehydration, skin irritation.
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
IMRT started 7/7/08
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.
constipated then diarrhea symptoms like a bladder infection but 1000000 times worse tired
Radiation 5 days a week for 5 weeks,25 rounds. 5 rounds of high beam radiation. No adverse side effects, in fact no effects at all!
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!).
Five and a half weeks of radiation to treat my cancer recurrence. Feb 2017-April 2017, followed by five intense treatments of internal radiation.
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!!
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
Radition in January 2014. Elasticity issues in vaginal area.
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading

Larynx Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation. 32 sessions 22 May - 5 July 2017.
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.
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

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

Recieved 4 days of fullbody radiation for the Bone Marrow Transplant. I actually didn't feel too bad but the fatigue was huge.
Treatment for osteosarcoma, three years ago.
Dec 21,2012
No radiation so far. Thank God!!
Total Body Irradiation, June 2012. Side effects: vomiting, ovarian failure (now on hormone replacement therapy)
January 2010. Nausea. Later/cataracts. General weakness

Testicular Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

had no treatment

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

Never had any
Weakness, fatigue
Vomiting Sleepy
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."
I had fully body radiation twice a day for three consecutive days pre-transplant. The only side effect I had was tiredness.
Full-body radiation 2 times daily for 4 days. Dry mouth and ulcers in the throat and intestines.

Anal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

I started radiation on December 29, 2009.
30 treatments over 6 weeks, burnt skin in pelvic area
Scheduled to begin 10/18/10 for 5 weeks
Not yet determined
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.
6 weeks of radiation or 30 treatments
Proton side effects: skin burns 2 weeks after start of radiation. Uncomfortable BMs at weeks 5 and 6
6 weeks everyday except weekends Aug.29-Oct.12
Radiotherapy (45 to 50.4 Gy) 1.8 Gy daily 5 days a week - total of 6 weeks to begin within 24 hours of chemotherapy. 06/30/2016 1st radiation of 30 (17, 8, 5) 8/12/2016 Last day of Radiation, No. 30.
30 treatments - Started 8/30/2010
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.
None yet
IMRT - I'm currently experiencing soreness in my hip & butt bones, especially after a nights rest or sitting for long periods of time. I start physical therapy for muscular-skeletor scar tissue, as well as vaginal and anal issues related to IMRT.
Began radiation therapy on 8/9/16. I go 5x a week for 6 weeks. At the end of week 3 I really started having problems with radiation burns in the pelvic and anal area. The burns continued to get worse than I could imagine!
April 20, 2009 thru June 10, 2009 (had to take a week off due to side effects) Side Effects; diarrhea, weightloss, nausea, abdominal pain and 2nd & 3rd degree burns.
June 15-August 6 2015
She has had 6 weeks (5 days a week) of radiation. She is done on 1/21.
scheduled Jan 4 2010 for 6 weeks
IMRT 6 wks. 8/2013 through 9/26/2013
Radiation - 2012 - 36 applications - Extensive burning to squamous cell anal tumor.
Start date October 2016
6/25/2014 began radiation of anal mass and lymph nodes, 7 weeks 5 days a week ending 8/23/2014, severe genital burns and infection, diarrea, e-coli , abdominal pain due to radiation of intestines, enturitis. late effects, painful intercourse, unable to participate in intimacy with spouse due to pain, 12/6/2014 development of lymphodema of r foot , ankle and leg. ongoing treatment as of 12/31
They scheduled 31 radiation treatments, the last 6 were to be more directed. 23 was all I could handle. Treatments ended Sept. 28, 2013. Burning in area and during urination.
Haven't started yet
Radiation Only. It appears to have been successful to knock out two lymph nodes. Yet, the Tumor never showed up in PET SCANS. The Dr's could feel it, a 1/4 inside opening - now, my Rectal Dr. says that it is just scar tissue. They are to take a biopsy Friday of areas the pain has spread to. But, I'm not sure what I should be asking for or expecting.

Vulva Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Vulva Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

1/4/17-2/15/18 external radiation (30) 2/26-2/28 brachytherapy (internal radiation)

Bone Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

2002 45 mins a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. Burns

Eye and Orbit Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

20 radiation treatments from august through to sept.A bit of burning and very tired, mouth ulcers as well.
Plaque brachytherapy - July 2003. Plaque inserted on Friday morning and removed Monday night. Long, long weekend in isolation and having to carry a geiger counter around. Eye was puffy, bloodshot for a long time, painful and vision deteriorated quite rapidly. Now have retinal detachment, pretty lousy vision in that eye and grey areas on the sclera (white of the eye) that may be burns from the cauterisation tool or where the sclera has thinned due to the radiation. Last November (2007), it was noticed that the edge of the tumour is still growing in some areas and I have therefore had to have these treated with Transpupillary Thermotherapy (laser).

Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation therapy starts tomorrow. 33 treatments @ 200 for a total of 6600.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

IRMT concurrent with Eributx for 6 weeks - this is when the real effects started kicking in. Massive burns inside mouth made eating impossible, burns on outside of neck, had feeding tube in stomach. All in all, lost 75 pounds. Still have constant dry mouth which makes sleeping impossible.
IMRT - 35 treatments over 7 weeks
Meeting with Radiation Therapist on May 3rd to determine how much treatment will be necessary.
33 radiation treatments, July 6-Aug 19
radiation therapy ending 5/29/12
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
Started radiation on 11/4/13 after 6 weeks on induction chemo
Radiation given from January to April 20 Side effects: loss of saliva, vomiting, weakness, dehydration, esophagus shrinkage
35 days of head radiation, dramatic weight loss, burned skin, mouth and throat, had peg tub placed.

Esophagus Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Two weeks of radiation was fine. Fatigue.
29 treatments over 6 week period
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.
37 sessions, sore throat, leathery skin, itchy skin
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
radiation from 11/1/97 to 12/15/97
Surgery: June 28, 2015.
Radiation therapy for 2 weeks in 12/2016

Tonsil Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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
27 radiation treatments, ending on November 14, 2012. Total & complete loss of taste, followed by 7 weeks of mucousitis.
Begin IMRT 9/10/13
April 5th, 2010 to May 18th, 2010 Worse thing I ever have been through just awful! Because of my blood being low due to the chemo they had to wait to do my last chemo until May 30th of that year.
7 weeks of radiation daily.
Scheduled 7 weeks IMRT start 3/19
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)
I begin radiation February 20, 2012 for 6 weeks.
IMRT 37 treatments which began Jan 17, 2010. Still not sure how I got through it.
In process of getting everything set up.
Completed May 18, 2012
7 weeks (m-f) of radiation with one week off in the middle of treatment along with one day of chemo every week. Began treatment in Nov. 08
IMRT 2009 for Tonsil Cancer (Right side) Second round IMRT 2012 (Left side)
Start date 10/28/08
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
28 treatments.
Started radiation on Nov. 16th
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
Rad starts on Jan 20th, 2014 ends Feb 28th, 2014
7 weeks IMRT starting march 5 2012
yes, 5x/week for 7 weeks...started on 5/19/09
Starting March 12 2009
Proton Therapy
start radiation on the 18th
September 5 - 7 weeks

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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
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
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
Nausea, Diarrhea
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
10/2009 - no side effects
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
November 2011-December 2011--25 days; long-term damage to bladder resulted in one week of hospitalization for blood clots, incontinence, extremely painful urination; serious bladder infection; low white blood cell count; burns on skin around hips and upper thighs; serious digestive problems; lost weight; 1 month after treatment had cytoscopy to confirm radiation cystitis; 6 months after treatment am taking Oxybutynin Chloride for ongoing bladder problems; felt pain in flanks during treatment, later problems with knees that come and go.
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned
First reccurence internal and external beam radiation for 32 days. Blisters, burns, yeast infection. Vaginal stenosis, loss of energy, chrnoic bowel issues and left side pelvic pain.
July-Aug 2014; few side effects
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
annoyed bowels, extreme fatigue
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with no side effects!
I just completed 5-weeks of radiation therapy on January 11. Side effects included an annoyed bladder, loose stool, light fatigue.
Don't know yet...
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.
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
25 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.
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.
recommended to start in July
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Sarcoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy)
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.
16/10/11- 36 treatments which turned into 42 treatments, side effects.... I got tired straight after, started to open back up my surgery scar, hard to walk, very painful towards the end!
Photon therapy 10/15 to 12/4/15
02/2011-03/2011
Radiation May 28/15 to July 2/15
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.
I start exact radiation on 6-19-2012 for 6 weeks
July, august 2016 blistering, pain
25 session of Radio Therapy started on 16th May and finished on 20th June. Very little side effects, slight redness in the skin near the end of the course of Radio Therapy
December 2012-February 2013 Proton Beam Radiation, Massachusetts General Hospital
Radiation from November 2010 - January 2011. Radiation burns toward the end, low blood counts, and always tired.
Leg-2013 Whole lung (chest cavity)-2016 Brain-2017
July 24, 2017 begin radiation
Radiation is not a proven treatment for this type of cancer
IMRT started 22 AUG 2017
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.
25 treatments; minor hyperpigmentation towards the end, but very minimal side effects
Radiation everyday for 30 days in March 2012 - a little nauseous, but was monitored for this, so scaring - a breeze compared to Chemotherapy

Parotid Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Radiation. November-January (5 days a week for 6 weeks) Side effects: fatigue, metallic taste in my mouth, redness and swelling of face and neck, skin discoloration, dry mouth.
December 14, 2015
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
Radiation 4/04 on breast. Burned skin Radiation 9/12 on spine. Relieved pain in spine Radiation 11/12 on hip. Relieved pain in hip

Skin Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

could have had radiation but chose Mohs surgery

Throat Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
April 22nd 2008 through June 4th 2008. It's hell. But you're in a blur of misery. A few months later your a better person, grateful for the blessings you have in life. Still working on regaining my saliva.
Radiation therapy due to start approximately 6 weeks after surgery, September 2016
IMRT. 35 sessions. Receiving daily. Sores in the mouth began appearing by session 10, but tautness of the palate was felt by session 5. Dryness in the mouth had become quite noticable by the second week, but Biotene and similar products helped with that. Gels, oral rinses, throat numbbng spray used as a gargle all helped. Propel and similar water products made swallowing easier.
I think 35 doses of radiation. Long term side effects: dry mouth, hypothyroidism, labile blood pressure (which resulted in an aneurysm on my ascending aorta), lots of cavities, and possibly sleep apnea (I don't know if this was before or after cancer, but was diagnosed afterwards).
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.
Radiation for 33 times
TOMO Radiation started Feb 23, 35 treatments that are Mon-Fri until April 12th.
1 month
Weight loss and saliva
Due to having a bit of tumor left, I am waiting to find out if I will need radiotherapy.
I'm at #17 out of 35. Burning and dry mouth.
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.
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.
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
Start date 12-29-14

Tongue Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Side affects were hideous.. She experienced a very deep painful burn on her neck.plus a percutaneous endoscopic (PEG)
35 radiation treatments with a break for 10 days due to severe burns. Insisted on getting biafine. Cleared all burns in 3 days with no peeling.
Burns on right side of neck. Mouth and tongue sores. Thick mucus
30 radiation treatments completed on October 16. Still have pain and discomforts along neck dissection. Cannot eat solid foods and speaking is difficult. Excess salvia makes talking hard.
6 weeks
Severe burns. Burn team called in to treat my face and neck. Thick ropey saliva, horrible mouth sores, feeding tube, trachea.
71/2 weeks of radiation therapy from April 2-May 28 2016.
Radiation to begin next week, 5 days a week. Began on 8/23/12.
30 sections of radiotherapy to mouth / tongue area. Was fixed to the table using a mask and a device to keep my tongue in position. Planning started Late Match 2010, treatment started April 2010 for 6 weeks on weekdays. Significant difficulty eating and drinking. Longer term fatigue persistent for around 4 years post treatment.
Radiation for 6 weeks while having chemo weekly. Thin saliva is gone but thick salvia remains. Got lymphadema massage to improve flexibility.
I haven't swallowed since 11/09 I live on a feed tube. Rads burnt my esophagus and recently stole my voice. To date, my jaw is deteriorating and I await Jaw replacement surgery. Aside from these life changing experienceside, I am grateful to be alive. I live and breathe for my family
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.
July 6 Radiation and 1st Chemo begins
Cause mouth to "burn up" somewhat, painful, sores
No salivary function from radiation 18 years ago is every life managing.
Sept 10,2018 ; four rounds of palliative radiation therapy to cure mouth bleeding during his first chemotherapy session
Radiation on neck 5 days a week for five more weekws
Radiation Treatment May of 2012 to June 2012. Mouth was burned from radiation. Lost of taste buds. Fast forward two years. I have taste buds again.
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.
Seven weeks Jan 4 thru Feb 19, 2010 Mon-Fri of TOMO radiation. At the end, severe burnt neck especially my right neck area. Severe sore throat.

Nose Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Ear Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

Proton Therapy test

Jaw Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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

Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

nausea
I will start radiation after the chemo ends!
28th July, 2015.
No radioation
Low dose radiation therapy of 18 days duration.since it was given to the neck region after a week throat becomes dry and it pains while swallowing food followed by gastric and severe acidity.
No never had radiation.
I didn't have an side effects from the radiation!
Received 5 weeks of localized radiation to the chest
Six weeks of External beam Radiation to mediastinum and neck following six months of ABVD Chemotherapy. Side effects: sore and swollen throat caused inability to swallow and eat, radiation burns to skin on neck and chest.
radiation was brutal and side effects were phnuemonia
Haven't started yet
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.
Radiation in July 2008. I was very fortunate and blessed not to have any side effects from radiation.
Declined IFRT radiation therapy

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

Radiation and Proton therapy, summer 2015, eyes/head; mental side effects, memory loss, hair loss, weight loss.
June 28, 2010-June 31, 2010 - IBR - twice a day for 15-20 minutes a session.

Bile Duct Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

iam a nice girl loking for man
None yet.

Leukemia Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

No Radiation, Chemotherapy or any medical treatment was used during entire course of cancer
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