What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

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


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 145 52
Adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 37 17
Prostate cancer 34 14
Non-small cell lung cancer 20 8
Squamous cell carcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 13 5

Show all 82 reasons taken

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 43
Moderate 67
Mild 55
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiation Therapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 35
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 15
Tiredness 13
Nausea 12
Burn 11
Hair loss 11

Show all 199 reported side effects


Based on patients currently having Radiation Therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 22
every 3 weeks 1
twice daily 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 164
Usually 3
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 56
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 43
Not specified 134
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9 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Dec 29, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rectal cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (radiation burn)
  • Adherence
  • 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

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 13, 2015 (Started Dec 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for glioblastoma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (numbness in left arm)
  • Adherence
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Jan 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for squamous cell skin cancer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lung cancer)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
  • 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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