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Radiation side effects – Mild to severe

The radiation side effects a patient experiences have to do with the amount of the dosage and the area it was administered to. It can be mild as I see with some, or it can be severe as I consider my experience.

A brief look at my personal experience with radiation side effects

After radiation treatment every day, following the first few treatments, I couldn’t get to the restroom fast enough to begin vomiting. It was difficult to hold anything on my stomach.

The treatment was targeted to my neck and throat area. It felt like my skin was definitely being burned ...and all inside my mouth; blisters or cankers were developing …not too much fun. My saliva glands were being burned which was starting to make my mouth very dry.

The good part is that I was cancer free at the end of my treatments.

No doubt, hearing those words made me feel happy, but I was also totally drained of energy, as well as everything else mentioned above.

Mentally I felt strong and determined, but I had no idea of the lifetime of side effects that lie ahead.



The dangers of radiation therapy

No doubt there are dangers of radiation treatments and the radiation side effects will stay with you for the rest of your life as they have with me.

I’m not trying to scare anyone, because as I said above it depends on the amount of the dosage and area being treated and the manner in which it is administered.

A friend of mine did real well having a small metal ball implanted for his prostrate cancer which emitted small dosages of radiation to the cancer. That was about 10 years ago and I’ve never heard anything negative about it.

As for me, I do have some long term radiation side effects. Around 11 years ago I had to have some back teeth removed as a result of the radiation. The oxygen supply to the cells in that area was greatly reduced and I was told they would not heal unless I first underwent hyperbaric oxygen treatments first.

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the hyperbaric oxygen treatments. It had nothing but good effects. I felt great, lots of energy and I was able to read without glasses during the treatments and that lasted for about 3-4 months after …and of course they pulled my teeth and everything healed very well.

I wouldn't mind being in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber twice every year. We all need more oxygen in our bodies.



Radiation Fibrosis

About 7-8 years ago my masseter muscle (jaw muscle) hardened up and I could not open my mouth.

This was another one of the long term radiation side effects. I believe it was radiation fibrosis that hardened the muscle. An operation was performed and they had to remove the muscles. The masseter is the primary muscle in chewing, but there are some muscles still left to open and close my mouth.

This makes it harder to chew as I don’t have the strength there anymore. But this is absolutely no problem to me because I have a Feeding Tube and can’t put food down my throat anyway. The feeding tube came as a result of a Bilateral Neck Dissection to remove Squamous Cell Cancer from my neck and throat.



So what do I want anyone to learn from this?

Number one, you can survive and live with most anything that comes your way.

No doubt, in most cases, there are benefits to be had, but after radiation treatment the ill effects can be for life.

You can begin any day of your life, before, during or after cancer to Improve Your Health and live it to the fullest that is possible.

Do your best both physically and spiritually and LIVE to your fullest every day, as it is the first day of the rest of your life!



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