Patients experienced much milder side effects than anticipated
After receiving radiation, the survey respondents were assessed again. Many of the patients did not suffer any adverse effects, and only 3% suffered from the feared consequences of radiation. Many patients admitted that their expectations were largely unmet when they actually went forward with their radiation therapy. The actual side effects experienced were much milder than what many of these patients mentally prepared for. Mild adversities included mild breast pain, limitations of physical activity, and time away from family.
A lot of the patients who went through with radiation have turned around and become advocates for this useful treatment modality. Many breast cancer patients who ultimately chose breast-conserving surgeries with radiation are happy with their decisions. The radiation was not as bad as what most people expect.