10 doctors weighed in:

Is radiation therapy painful?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Radiation is an x-ray which is invisible and painless.
It's side effects depending on where and what organs are being treated could lead to discomfort or pain.

In brief: No

Radiation is an x-ray which is invisible and painless.
It's side effects depending on where and what organs are being treated could lead to discomfort or pain.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Radiation therapy is essentially a high energy x-ray.
So just like getting a ct scan is not painful getting radiation therapy is also not painful.

In brief: No

Radiation therapy is essentially a high energy x-ray.
So just like getting a ct scan is not painful getting radiation therapy is also not painful.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not directly

One cannot feel radiation upon exposure since it is very penetrating electromagnetive waves of energy and you will not know that you are exposed.
However, the side effects of radiation particularly inflammation and swelling can cause pain but that's indirect result from radiation.

In brief: Not directly

One cannot feel radiation upon exposure since it is very penetrating electromagnetive waves of energy and you will not know that you are exposed.
However, the side effects of radiation particularly inflammation and swelling can cause pain but that's indirect result from radiation.
Dr. Gene Wong
Dr. Gene Wong
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A quibble?

The radiation is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and enters and exits matter without causing pain in creastures that can feel it, but reactions of body linings (mucosa) and skin can be harsh and severe enough to cause pain and suffering.
Head and neck cancer is common, but some breast cancer ski reactions can be quite unpleasant for short periods. We have things to help.

In brief: A quibble?

The radiation is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and enters and exits matter without causing pain in creastures that can feel it, but reactions of body linings (mucosa) and skin can be harsh and severe enough to cause pain and suffering.
Head and neck cancer is common, but some breast cancer ski reactions can be quite unpleasant for short periods. We have things to help.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Site not permiting edits...sorry for typo's. :-). That would be "creatures" and "skin".
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Generally no

Photon and particle therapy beams cannot be felt.
What can hurt is if the tissue being treated gets damaged - sometimes even the worlds finest radiation doctor cannot prevent this given patient genetics. When a tumor dies, it can swell. Stretching tissue can really cause pain. If skill or other tissue gets damages (nerves), it can feel painful often days later. In general it does not hurt.

In brief: Generally no

Photon and particle therapy beams cannot be felt.
What can hurt is if the tissue being treated gets damaged - sometimes even the worlds finest radiation doctor cannot prevent this given patient genetics. When a tumor dies, it can swell. Stretching tissue can really cause pain. If skill or other tissue gets damages (nerves), it can feel painful often days later. In general it does not hurt.
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
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