• Begin radiation next Monday. Asking if any special tips?

    Asked by janstar47 on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Begin radiation next Monday. Asking if any special tips?

    Had mastectomy of left breast. So begins 33 radiation treatments next week. I know they say to expect fatigue and redness. Any particular thing you'd like to have known prior to? A Good lotion or ? for the burn? I was told to get some Aquapor and apply AFTER treatments. Will do. I was scheduled for 4 to 6 chemo rounds but they stopped me after 4. (twice hit by Atrial fib) My surgery was 4 weeks tomorrow. I'd like to drive myself to radiation as my husband needs a break. Any reason why I couldn't do so? I feel pretty good. Think my hair is showing some progress too. Following your alls questions and comments has meant a lot to me. I will go on oral med once radiation is complete. Not sure which one. Thanks.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No reason at all you can't drive yourself to radiation treatments. Only other tip i would add is to wear clothing that is quick and easy to slip in an out of so you don't end up spending more time changing clothes than the treatment takes. Oh wait, one more tip. A couple of times during my radiation treatments they had some scheduling or equipment issues and I had a wait around quite a while. So I always took a puzzle book or something to do just in case.

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Janstar47-hound the technicians for lotion samples and try them all. And make sure you know all the spots that will receive radiation. I didn't realize my upper chest/lower neck lymph nodes were getting zapped (chemo brain glitch?). Second degree burns because I didn't lotion up there. And I drove myself most days as I would head to work after treatment. BTW, I'm envious of your hair growth! Mine is sooooo slow.

      over 7 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      My husband (peroll) was always in and out so quickly. He did have a few times he had to wait due to a scheduling issue or some such thing and he always took his tablet with him so he'd have something to do in case he had to wait. He did develop a bad burn on his back which was the equivilent of a bad sunburn which I used good lotion on to heal and keep from peeling. i didn't need to drive my husband to radiation, and you are right it makes for a break for your caregiver. Good luck to you.

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I drove to radiation...and the last half were after my school year started and I went after work...DH came once/week, when I was seeing the rad onc.

      over 7 years ago
    • Netsy's Avatar

      Aquaphor was used after treatments and felt good. Redness started on #16 looks like a sunburn but surprisingly doesn't hurt or itch yet. I used lidocaine cream for nipple which was very tender after treatments #16. Fatigue was minimal and drove self to all treatment. You will be in and out quickly so defiantly wear easy on and off cloths. Wishing you the best. You'll be finished before you know it.

      over 7 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Biafine is the best topical ointment for radiation burns. You can get it on Amazon but I would ask the rad onc RN for any samples. Usually the reps bring some in. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Radiation is really a "breeze" compared to Chemo. You will notice some fatigue as you go along but it will not prevent you from being active or driving. Keeping your skin hydrated with lotion is great advice. I am fair skinned so I burned and had to take a break for a week to heal. I used Silverdene Cream and would let a fan blow on the area -- that was the only thing that worked for me. After Radiation, I went on Arimidex and seem to be doing okay -- a little bone pain in early AM but it subsides when I get up and move around. It is great to see that hair coming back -------------- I wish you the best!!

      over 7 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      So far have been able to drive myself to all treatments - just fatigued occasionally - I have been using Clean Aloe Gel since start of treatment and so far no rashes or burns. Have had 18 treatments so far. Good Luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      You not only can drive, you could even work if you could arrange your schedule. I think that LeMer is wonderful, although very expensive. You might experience some fatigue.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Get a large tub of Aquaphor now and start applying it heavily this weekend. Get a small tub to take with you to treatments and apply it afterwards before you get dressed. Plan to be really greasy for 6 - 8 weeks. Have some comfortable sports bras and soft t-shirts (worn inside-out so the seams are on the outside) to wear. I also used Hydrolatum ointment. Most of my treated skin was hardly even pink, except under my arm. To protect the burns under my arm I wedged a small pillow under my arm, night and day, to keep my arm from rubbing on the burns.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Oh, and you can definitely drive yourself. I got myself a book on CD that I really enjoyed listening to on the way there and back. Gave me something to look forward to every day.

      over 7 years ago

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