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 7085 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.

Starting radiation on Monday, February 23.
Terrible fatigue, sleep sleep sleep a lot. Thristy and did not want to eat much and still do not. the chemo really changes things and it had been a long term effect for me.
See Profile cardiomyopathy
This may be in my future, but just chemo for now. When I go for chemo, I tell myself: "I am one day closer to remission and without this treatment, I don't have a chance."
Jan. 4, 2007 Radiation Tatooing & positioning - 33 treatments (5 a week) Feb.23, 2007 - final treatment!
Not yet
Aug 29 for 4 weeks plus a day
10 weeks of radiation...just exhausted.
March - May 2004. 2nd degree burns and intense fatigue and sleepiness (no, those are NOT the same thing).
Radiation on site of mastecomy (2002) Radiation on T12 and right hip (2007)
No radiation
May of 2004; six weeks; breast raw for 1 week; I have alot of stiffness under my arm; I exercise it by swimming
Starting June 29th 2010
33 rounds of radiation with boost, Feb-March 2010
Radiation. Linear accelerator every day for 10 days. I had a UTI & had to be admitted for 5 days Then went back for 3 days.
36 treatments - September 08 until November 3, 2008. Skin redness, very mild peeling in some spots, tightness under arm.
34 treatments - Oct. thru Nov. 2005
36 days straight on the last few I had to be remarked because my skin was liquid. August 2004
dates to be announced ;-)
6 weeks, everyday started in March. No side effects.
Radiation 33 treatments. August 28 thru October 12
Radiation- March-May 2011- exhaustion, very sensitive breast tissue, large scar tissue at incision site, and many other side effects
did not have radiation
Radiation was the hardest for Kathy a lot of little pains and soreness.
Five weeks of radiation 11/11 - 12/19- Unfortunately high doses caused severe burning. Finally healling after three weeks.

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
External whole brain and focused
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
Once in my brian
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.

Expected January 2013 x 30 days.
Apr 18 2018 skin rashes (itchy & redness), hot feeling, dry throat.
Radiation daily for 3 weeks ending 28/6/2012
Will Complete 20 rounds in July 2015
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, June 7th- July 12th 2012.
Bunch of long words
23 rounds of radiation on my neck and shoulder.
None yet, though I get some if chemo doesn't kick it.
All of feb thirty days. Nausea and tired.
June 30th 2009, forgot how much the dose was, it was everyday for the whole two months. Side effects: burned skin, loss of appetite, hair loss, sore throat, gastric pain.
not part of treatment
no radiation
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.
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.
Recommended
Radiation with Breast Surgery
4000 rads finished 3/2015. major burns now just weird tan
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
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.
23 radiation sessions
luckily for me , i don't have to undergo radiation
I hear you're pretty pukey but thats about it. Oh and it melts your innards and body externally.
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.
Had TOMOTHERAPY without any known side affects

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.

RAI July 7. 2014. A little nausea and some loss of taste. Still waiting for that to return.
RAI treatment- Still waiting on date.
Radioactive iodine ablation therapy scheduled August 2015.
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.
Radiation is post-poned until my Endo can get my Hypocalcemia under control
RAI 150 mci in Jan/09 and a second round scheduled in 12/09
Radioactive Iodine on August 2, 2010. I was very sick to my stomach for about 5 days.
Jan 13th 2012 first round of I-131 - Loss of taste buds, bad taste in my mouth, nausea, swollen glands, and sore throat.
Soon to start high dose of Radioactive Iodine. Meet with doctor next week.
Radioactive iodine therapy Dec. 17, 2013. April 15, 2014
Will begin Radioactive Iodine Treatment after the second surgery.
RAI Scheduled for 12/15/2010
Scheduled for radioactive iodine 5/6/15
I took the Pill in November of 2013. I was on the low-iodine diet for ten days. I had an extremely hard time with the diet, and my neck was sore for a week after i took the pill.
Not yet scheduled, but on the horizon.
Getting prepared to start the I131 treament
4 rounds of I-131, roughly 500 millicuries each time: 1. May 2005; 2. December 2005; 3. December 2007; 4. December 2009
RAI-Radioactive Iodine Abalation on 9/8/2009-some activity noted in the thyroid area, but no where else.
Radioactive iodine 131
Proton Therapy test
RAI treatment - July 2011. No side effects.
will have radioactive oblation at local hospital on 4/19/2017
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 therapy on 16th of July. Lost taste buds for about 4 weeks.
I will begin within a month

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.

42 days of radiation. Lost my hair, fatique, nausea, headaches.
February-April 2013 lost hair, sore throat, skin burns
5 minutes of radiation on my brain. February 2,2010
33 sessions targeted computerized radiation with mask began September, 2006 Side effects: extreme fatigue, partial loss of hair, dry itchy scalp, burned scalp
Alot of skin burning and pain associated with that.
1/12/12 - begin daily radiation for 6-7 weeks.
Picking neuro-oncology now
Radiation - 12/2009 - 2/2010. Very emotionally draining. Once got back from treatment had to take a nap.
Started radiation November 9, 2011 -6 week course - to early to see much reactions as yet
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)
6-08 IMRT, It made me tired!
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
Starting 1/21/13
IMRT - 7/18/16 - 8/25/16
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.
Radiation therapy from 04/06/2013 to 05/20/2013. I really did not have many side effects.
Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Chills
slured speach dizziness and delirium
in midst of this now, won't know side effects for months afterwards, but believing in God that there will not be any!
i had radiation of the brain and spine -> Damaged hair follicles, burnt skin, swelling. Chemotherapy and Chemo boosts -> foot drop, blood damaged
LINAC 6 WEEKS
5940cg craniospinal radiation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York, NY. 33 treatments. Start date: 02/14/96. End date: 03/30/96.
6 weeks of Radiation. finished last treatment 6-28-2011
started 9/13/2010-weekdays, mostly tiredness

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.

Daily treatments 08/10/2011 - 09/22/2011 Finished the treatment with little side effects. A few days of burning on urination but that was resolved. Tired the first few days after treatment ended but I increased my exercise routine and now I don't have any more fatigue.
April 19-May 26 Monday through Friday -blessed with very little side effects
Started October 28,2009 28 treatments M-F
destroyed illium
Radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks, with breaks due to low platelet counts and burns. Extremely painful bowel movements, severe skin irritation.
I started readiation on christmas eve 2008. I felt a itching feeling in the area that had been treated but that was about it. As I have more treatments I will blog more info.
Chemo-Radiation Sept 2009 through Nov 2009.
28 days of Radiation b4 surgery 11/12 - 12/12. I had some diarrhea and rectal burning but not to bad.
Dec. 29, 2009- Feb. 5, 2010 Fatigue, sores on bottom, bone thinning in my sacral area
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).
Radiation started 6/27/11, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. I was very weak fatigue and nausea. Radiation was a very "grueling" experience.
5 weeks of radiation every day except weekends. Wasn't bad but did get some raw places between my legs in the groin area and my butt crack was raw and sore for about 2 weeks after the treatments were over.
5 days a week, for six weeks in December 2006 and January 2007
no radiation
PAIN!!!
After Chemo I will have four weeks of radiation with 5FU.
Started radiation 6 weeks after the surgery. 5 1/2 half weeks of radiation M-F, combined with 1500mg of Xeloda twice daily M-F. Minimal side effects. I slowed down on walking due to fatigue, but not enough to interupt my normal life functions. Some diarreah during the 3-4 hours right after the radiation. No side effects related to the Xeloda.
5 weeks of radiation and chemo. July 2007
none required
10/15/09 - 1/6/10. Intense pain from December 09 through April 10.
Started Radiation on July 18,2016
10/13/14 - 11/26/14
None yet.
six weeks radiation; ending 7/12/10. This is my last week and i am having a very hard time eliminating. Feels like i am passing glass and i will see the doctor tomorrow to see if he can give me anything to make this any easier for my last five days.
from jan/08 to march/08 severe vaginal burning,fatague, loss of appetite,vomiting.

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.

Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
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.
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!).
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
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!!)
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading
Radiation starts withen the next 3 weeks. I will have 25-28 external rads.. 5 times a week. 5 internal rads once a week starting the 15th treatment.
28 Radiation treatments, 5 targeted treatments to lymph nodes and Brachy Therapy (4 treatments). Side effects: Diarrhea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, dehydration, skin irritation.
Done and it sucked
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
Six weeks of radiation five days a week. I had some burned skin from the radiation however it cleared up after about six months
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.
25 external radiation treatments 2 internal radiation treatments
constipated then diarrhea symptoms like a bladder infection but 1000000 times worse tired
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
26 external radiations; 5 internal radiations (brachytherapy); No burning; diarrhea and intestinal cramping-relieved with levsin medication; longer term effects--pain and swelling in abdomen and lower back pain
Radiation 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.
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)

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.

5/21/12-7/2/12 internal radiation 8/21/15
Radiation burns to my skin, and severe effects internally, as described by my surgeons.
2/09/10 daily except for weekends. 3rd degree burns/skin discoloration
Burning, diarrhea and other minor things right now. Started radiation on August 26, 2014. Total 33 treatments
Radiation treatment started on 2/5/2017. 30 treatments. Burns started the fifth week and got worse when treatment ended.
Radiation - 28 treatments, burns/blisters
started 8-4-09 ongoing
Radiation - 2012 - 36 applications - Extensive burning to squamous cell anal tumor.
32 sessions of pelvic radiation. Hardest thing I've ever done. Severe pain with bowel movements, diarrhea, groin burns, weight loss of 30 pounds.
Had 4 months of daily Radiation treatments at Princess Margaret Hospital Radiation Department (aka: Darth Vader's Bathroom) in 2000
Big infected hole in butt after radiation
2nd degree burns in vagina and anus. Severe pain when using bathroom, urgency and frequency of BM. After a month of treatment couldn't move for 2 hrs after a BM. Used Sits Bath after bathroom, lydocain to numb area - both I would recommend. Dr prescribed the cream lydocain, but I would ask for the spray given urgency of bathroom use. On multiple pain killers, hydrocodone-acidimidophin, 600 ML of Ibuprophin, valium and morphine used as a PRN. I recommend the valium over the morphine - you can use after bathroom.
30 treatments - Started 8/30/2010
6 weeks started 25.07.2016
25 treatments
6 weeks of radiation or 30 treatments
6 weeks the last 3 weeks were the most painful.
Radiation began 11/26/12 should end Jan.11/2013. Side effects so far are extreme itching, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea.
6 weeks of treatment, lost 30 pounds. My stomach was wretched!! And still hasn't returned to normal. Something I will always have to live with.
consult 8-23
Radiation, 33 treatments. Began 1/30/12.
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
5 days a week for six weeks. Side effects did not hit me until the last two weeks. Became very tired and it felt like fire was leaving my bowels. My lymph nodes received radiation, they were not surgically removed. I see a lot of people had them removed. I'm not sure which one is better, but I would ask if I had to do it again.
30 sessions starting 23 March 2015 3D Intensity-modulated radiation therapy Week 1 & 2 - no real side effects Week 3 - some tiredness and slight soreness Week 4 - start of burn pains, increased need to irritate and frequent painful BMs Week 5 - burns becoming very uncomfortable, agony going to the loo Week 6 - ouch and ouch some more
34 treatments 1 daily for 6.5 weeks

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.

IMRT - loss of saliva, sore throat, thrush, sunburned neck, loss of taste, difficulty eating.
30 days radiation
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.
30 Day ended 10/24/2011
7 weeks IMRT starting march 5 2012
IMRT 11/28/2011 - 01/10/2012 Supplemental radiation given 1/25/2012-1/27/2012 Side effects: Xerostomia, lost of taste, pain, difficulty swallowing.
Did excellant from Radiation (33) treatments.
Begin IMRT 9/10/13
35 treatments dry skin temporary hair loss
35 tx every day M-F for 7 weeks
IMRT (proton) to neck region. Total 70 Grey in worst area, 62 Grey in least radiated area. Got severe radiation burns to my neck which manifested in the last few days of treatment, and took 2 months to completely heal. No oral lesions (I applied aloe vera directly to my gums immediately upon getting off the table following each IMRT). The biggest side effect was damage to my taste and salivary glands, and to my soft plalate. Taste was completely gone from 4th week to one month following completion of treatment, then slowly returned (to some extent). Thick ropy mucus seems to be forever.
External radiation 5 days/week.
IMRT November 2011 - January 2012
Scheduled to begin 30 Radiation Treatments on March 19 In conjunction with weekly Eributix Infusion
6 cisplatin tx, one every Monday, running simultaneously with radiation tx of 27 sessions, all of which ended on 11/14/12. Tolerated chemo well, it was a mild dose. Had Cytoxan in 1991 at age of 32 for systemic lupus nephritis and felt much worse then which was amazing because I'm a lot older now. Radiation did not bother me until 3rd week, at which time I lost my sense of taste. By the end of tx's, I was 103 lbs., but never weighed more than 120 lbs. anyway (i'm 5'6" but very small boned). All in all tolerated ok; it was after tx that I ran into a problem with mucousitis. Yuck.
Completed May 18, 2012
Radiation treatments 35, side effects severe like sunburn, sore throat, couldn't eat for months, swollowing very difficult. I'm going to loose my teeth decaying at a fast rate and nothing they can do for me. Dentures will be my next step and not sure if they will work with no saliva gland. Destroyed saliva glands, thyroid, and teeth.
38 treatments, Burns, Mucus, Hocking, Weight Loss, No Taste, No Saliva
Starting March 12 2009
Nerve damage that was painful for several months.
Started 7 weeks of radiation and 7 weeks of Erbitux on May 11,2009.
Treatments began on April 4, 2011
IMRT 33 sessions, ended 9/11/09
27 radiation treatments, ending on November 14, 2012. Total & complete loss of taste, followed by 7 weeks of mucousitis.
01/07/07 34 sessions side effects facial hair gone no bad thang!! and the one most of us suffer from dry mouth a real pain but hey in the uk water is everywhere isn't it?

Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Radiation Therapies

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

10/2009 - no 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
5-6 weeks of radiation planned after chemo is completed
None required
25 external and 3 internal radiation March - April 2011 horrible burning and pain.
annoyed bowels, extreme 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.
Don't know yet...
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
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.
Haven't started yet. Need advice.
5 sessions of High Dose Brachytherapy will be done between 3rd & 4th chemo sessions (mid-June).
Nausea, Diarrhea
recommended to start in July
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
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.
Had no trouble with radiation, only a few gastro issues that were easily controlled.
Nov-Dec 2014 - 25 days pelvic radiation + 4 x brachytherapy
Started pelvic Aug 2, 2009 for 28 days. Finished with 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.
Bracytherapy 5 x's
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
August 14th 29 days and then 2 internal treatments. Side effects irritated skin, diarrhea, less energy.
Started radiation in mid-June 2009 - 25 treatments are planned

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.
Proton radiation
Had radiation for one month. Had stroke a year afterwards.
35 visits 3rd degree burn lower right side of meck
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
Too many side effects to list.
the list goes on and on. it is a conversation. not a bullet point Radiation is the gift that since 2009 has never stopped giving. A mixed blessing? Scarring, inablity to swallow much, overproduction of saliva - to an embarassing extent. Radiation 2007
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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