What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

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Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy) utilizes energy waves or particles to help fight cancer and certain other non-cancerous diseases. Depending on the reason for use, radiation therapy may be used to cure disease, control disease progression, or for symptom relief.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Radiation Therapy"

Severe
15
Moderate
23
Mild
15
None
9

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Radiation Therapy

Fatigue 11
Hospitalization 11
Hospitalization 8
Hair loss 7
Tiredness 4
Nausea 4

Dosages

Adherence
Always
48 77%
Usually
1 2%
Sometimes
1 2%
Never
12 19%
Burden
Very
9 15%
Somewhat
18 29%
A little
17 27%
Not at all
18 29%
Cost
$200+
6 29%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
1 5%
$25-49
0 0%
< $25
14 67%
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7 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

dougal
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dougal
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 75
Condition: Lung Metastasis 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Lung Metastasis

See dougal's full Radiation Therapy history

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Jan 09, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Lung Cancer: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Radiation is easy to take I find
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
redutedog
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redutedog
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 53
Condition: Prostate Cancer
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Prostate Cancer

See redutedog's full Radiation Therapy history

Feb 6, 2012 (Started Nov 25, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Prostate Cancer: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: 1 day at a time ont took 10 minutes about 5 minutes of treatment was quick and easy

  • 0 helpful marks
pdjeg
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pdjeg
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 56
Condition: Prostate Cancer
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Prostate Cancer

See pdjeg's full Radiation Therapy history

Jan 10, 2012 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Prostate Cancer: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Very effective and relativly easy

  • 0 helpful marks
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