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 27
Moderate 44
Mild 32
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiation Therapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 20
Tiredness 10
Hair loss 9
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 9
Burn 8
Nausea 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Radiation Therapy

Dosage Patients
daily 20
m,w,f 2
monthly 1

Adherence


Always
Patients
97
81%
Usually
Patients
2
2%
Sometimes
Patients
2
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
19
16%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
17
14%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
36
30%
A little hard to take
Patients
31
26%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
36
30%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
10
8%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
3
3%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
21
18%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
86
72%
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8 patient evaluations for Radiation Therapy

Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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
redutedog
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redutedog
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 55
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Prostate Cancer)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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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