What is Radiation Therapy?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Stereotactic Body Radiation Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants) 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 140 49
Prostate cancer 34 14
Adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 32 15
Non-small cell lung cancer 18 7
Rectal cancer 11 5
Squamous cell carcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 11 3

Show all 86 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 40
Moderate 64
Mild 54
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiation Therapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 32
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 14
Tiredness 13
Hair loss 11
Nausea 11
Burn 10

Show all 195 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Radiation Therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 21
every 3 weeks 1
m,w,f 1
twice daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 157
Usually 3
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 54
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 52
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 17
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 2
< $25 37
Not specified 131
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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
    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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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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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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