What are Cervical Cancer Radiation Therapies? List from Cancer Survivors

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Cervical Cancer Radiation Therapies

What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Radiation Therapies.

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.
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)
IMRT started 7/7/08
started 1/6/09: fatigue and upset stomach, loose bowels
7 weeks of external radiation 59 hours of internal radiation (brachtherapy) 4 weeks of chemotherapy (Cisplatin)
Started external radiation on 2/4, to have 25 treatments; then 2 "internal" ones fatigue, but can't blame it all on radiation
External for 3 weeks daily, Internal for 5 treatments and TOMO for 5 treatments. Internal was the hardest on Aimee because body parts had to be temporarily moved to get to the right spot. Darkening of skin and loss of skin in genital area.
August, Sept, and Oct radiation. Side effect is lymphedema in my left leg.
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!!
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!!)
Radiation Oct 07-Dec 07 5 weeks of daily external radiation, then 3 days of Brachytherapy in hospital. Burning in pelvic area, frequent loose stools (5-6 times a day) frequency and urgency with urination. Really bad fatigue, lasted a long time after. Oct 09 External radiation to vag 10x (2 weeks). burning in vag/urethra, pain on urination, radiation burns on outside of thighs (entry points) fatigue.
25 external radiation treatments 2 internal radiation treatments
coming up
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!).
I'll be having radiation and Chemo after surgery (Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! LOL)
pain, N&V, Menopause, Exhaustion, Depression 10-09 to 1-30-10 SECOND ROUND OF EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION 01-01-11 to 02-17-11
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.
none yet
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.
currently on external beam but will have two sessions of brachytherapy which I am dreading
Internal and External Radiaiton-2nd and 3rd degree burns on affected area-very painful
Just started Radiation, Monday Wed Fri for 10 wks Increased nausea!!!
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.
Done and it sucked
internal radiation is the worst thing in the world. i called it the lightning rod treatment
Nausea and fatigue, Extreme Vomiting, Neuropathy
fatigue, constant nausea, uncontrollable bowels, diahrea from hell!, dehydration. A couple of blisters on my hiney. The good news: the bleeding stopped after the second radiation treatment. Brachytherapy, 4 sessions, was interrupted for a blood transfusion for critical low blood cell counts.
menopause (there had to be some bonus!).
diarrohea and severe pain of the bowel and stomach cramps, off food for a few weeks
Internal and external radiation 5 days awesome for 20 minutes
Had external and internal (brachytherapy) radiation over a six week schedule. 28 external rounds and 5 internal rounds. Radiation was concurrent with chemotherapy (cisplatin) for 6 weeks once a week. Seriously fatigued for at least six months post treatment.
25 external radiation treatments over 5 weeks, three days of internal radiation with hospital stay.
Weekly internal radiation Daily external radiation for six weeks
Doing Radiation concurrently with Chemo so I'm not exactly sure which side affects to attribute to which treatment. Very nauseated, shaky, dizzy, tender in the groin and abdomen area.
Full radiation daily 6 weeks , 3 internal radiation treatments
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.
Daily external radiation (tomotherapy?)for 10 weeks feeling depleted and vomiting
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
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!
Radition in January 2014. Elasticity issues in vaginal area.
Six weeks of radiation five days a week. I had some burned skin from the radiation however it cleared up after about six months
Five and a half weeks of radiation to treat my cancer recurrence. Feb 2017-April 2017, followed by five intense treatments of internal radiation.
Brachytherapy October 2, 5, 12, 19
External radiation therapy: 04/12-04/18, 04/22-04/26, 04/29-05/03, 05/06-05/10, 05/13-05/17, 05/20-0524, 05/28-05/31, 06/03-06/07, 06/10/2019 Side effects: Fatigue, lower back pain, premature menopause, constipation, stomach aches.
External radiation from December 4 to January 15, internal radiation (brachytherapy) 5 treatments ending on February 5.
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