Radiation and chemotherapy together - Arlene1372

Radiation Associated with Anal Cancer. Posted on January 20, 2013 View this journey (6 Experiences)

Because it was my crotch & bum area that were radiated -- my skin was burned enough that the skin peeled & fell off. Of course, that area does not normally even see sunshine!!!!
I feel that I should have had a counsellor or a peer counsel me on what I should expect. The -- P - A - I - N -- that I experienced in those tender areas is hard to explain. Imagine trying to seat yourself gently in your car, just so you can drive for ANOTHER treatment!!! I felt it was easier to drive myself than to have someone else drive me and I could experience all the bumps in the road along the way. As long as I drove, I was more relaxed - as hard as that might be to believe.
I just find it very hard to believe that in this day & age of miracle lotions, pills, etc. ---- that there was not a lotion I could find (even on a prescription for $50!!) that would help lessen the burning feeling -or- heal it.

Painless Experience: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
  • LauraJo's Avatar

    I sympathize...I had 6 weeks of radiation for rectal cancer,and the last 10 days or so, I could barely go to the bathroom.It felt like i was being cut with knives. And my oncologist did try to alleviate the pain, but nothing seemed to work. You would think as long as they have been doing this, they would have come up with SOMETHING!

    about 8 years ago
  • CarolLHRN's Avatar

    I have shared your pain but you can get through it. I was prescribed a lot residue diet. Less that has to come out, less pain. Best wishes.

    about 8 years ago

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