What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants) Intensity-Modulated Radiation Proton Beam 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


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 29
Moderate 47
Mild 35
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiation Therapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 19
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 10
Tiredness 10
Hair loss 9
Burn 8
Nausea 8

Show all 160 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Radiation Therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 15
monthly 1
m,w,f 1

Adherence


Always
Patients
106
82%
Usually
Patients
2
2%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
19
15%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
20
16%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
38
29%
A little hard to take
Patients
35
27%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
36
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
13
10%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
3
2%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
22
17%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
91
71%
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9 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

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pdfree
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pdfree
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: none
I am: g
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: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 49
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Glioblastoma

See Fluff4brains's full Radiation Therapy history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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