What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants) Image Guided Radiation Intensity-Modulated Radiation Show all

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breast Cancer 111 41
Prostate Cancer 31 11
Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) 24 12
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer 10 3
Small Cell Lung Cancer 10 6
Squamous Cell Throat Cancer 10 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 32
Moderate 53
Mild 47
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiation Therapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 21
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 12
Hair loss 10
Tiredness 10
Burn 9
Nausea 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Radiation Therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 10
m,w,f 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 130
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 20
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 25
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 14
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 28
Not specified 108
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9 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

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pdfree
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pdfree
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: none
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See pdfree's full Radiation Therapy history

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Dec 29, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Rectal Cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Radiation burn)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Think carefully before undertaking. It is not always beneficial and the stress of treatment can be detrimental to your health. On the other hand, if it works, we need to protect against radiation side effects - burning, memory loss, fatigue, etc.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 50
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Glioblastoma

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Aug 13, 2015 (Started Dec 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Glioblastoma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Numbness in left arm)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Hair loss started after 3 weeks. Arm numbness started after 3 weeks Heavy duty fatigue only really kicked in after treatment was done Caused significant brain swelling too

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dougal
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dougal
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 77
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Squamous Cell Skin Cancer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Lung Cancer)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Radiation is easy to take I find
Cost: < $25 monthly

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