What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

Most Popular Types: Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants), 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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Radiation Therapy"

Severe
23
Moderate
32
Mild
24
None
11

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

Fatigue 17
Hospitalization 16
Hospitalization 9
Hair loss 7
Burn 6
Nausea 6

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Dosages

Adherence
Always
70 78%
Usually
2 2%
Sometimes
2 2%
Never
16 18%
Burden
Very
13 14%
Somewhat
25 28%
A little
25 28%
Not at all
27 30%
Cost per month
$200+
9 32%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
1 4%
$25-49
0 0%
18 64%
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7 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

dougal
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 76
Condition: Lung Metastasis 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
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I have:
Lung Metastasis

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: 54
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: 57
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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