What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

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Radiation therapy or radiotherapy has applications in cancer treatment and in some non-malignant conditions such as the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, severe thyroid eye disease, prevention of keloid scar growth, and to control excessive saliva production in conditions such as ALS.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breast Cancer 66 16
Prostate Cancer 19 3
DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ) 9 4
Squamous Cell Throat Cancer 8 1
Glioblastoma 4 0
Astrocytoma 4 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Radiation Therapy"

Severe
13
Moderate
18
Mild
14
None
7

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

Hospitalization 9
Fatigue 8
Hospitalization 6
Hair loss 6
Tiredness 4
Muscle fatigue 3

Dosages

Adherence
Always
43 83%
Usually
1 2%
Sometimes
0 0%
Never
8 15%
Burden
Very
8 15%
Somewhat
13 25%
A little
17 33%
Not at all
14 27%
Cost
$200+
5 28%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
1 6%
$25-49
0 0%
< $25
12 67%
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7 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

dougal
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dougal
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 75
Condition: Lung Cancer 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Lung Cancer

See dougal's full Radiation Therapy history

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Jan 09, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Lung 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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