What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

Most Popular Types: Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants), Stereotactic Body Radiation, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, (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
27
Moderate
35
Mild
26
None
13

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

Hospitalization
Patients
21
Patients
17
Hospitalization
Patients
9
Patients
8
Patients
7
Patients
7

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Adherence


Always
Patients
79
78%
Usually
Patients
2
2%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never
Patients
18
18%

Burden


Very
Patients
15
15%
Somewhat
Patients
28
28%
A little
Patients
26
26%
Not at all
Patients
32
32%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
72
248%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
9
31%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
7%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
18
62%
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8 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 48
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
Glioblastoma

See Fluff4brains's full Radiation Therapy history

Aug 13, 2015 (Started Dec 29, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Glioblastoma: None
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
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
dougal
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dougal
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 76
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)

  • 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: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
redutedog
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redutedog
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 54
Condition: Prostate Cancer
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Prostate Cancer

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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
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