External radiation - noregrets11

Radiation Associated with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Posted on October 3, 2011 View this journey (2 Experiences)

I am halfway through 36 treatments (28 full breast/8 lumpectomy site boosters). Treatment (travel time + wait time + treatment time) can be anywhere from 1.5 - 3.0 hrs, depending. The actual treatment time (when I'm on the table and the beams are flying) is 2 - 5 minutes. Fortunately the medical and support staff at the cancer center where I go are a great group of people.

So far, things have gone fine with treatment - a little tanning, but no skin irritation; no loss of appetite, and very little fatigue. I'm drinking a ridiculous amount of water every day to try to remain hydrated and keep my skin hydrated, exercising at least an hour every other day in an attempt to stave off radiation induced fatigue, and trying to watch my diet and appetite to make sure I'm getting the recommended daily protein intake. However, within the last week, I've seen the fatigue roll in like a huge wave and knock me out couple of times. A 1-2 hr nap seemed to do the trick in both cases.

Painless Experience: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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