• Brachytherapy

    Asked by KimG5577 on Sunday, September 9, 2012


    I was just hospitalized for 4 day for severe dehydration and getting very sick.
    They've scheduled me for my 1st brachytherapy this Tuesday. I've
    Got no idea what to expect, except they told me I be under general anesthesia
    And I'd wake up with a pain pump. All sounds horribly painful!
    Any suggestions or helpful hints on how to get thru
    The first one of these?!
    Thank you!!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think you need to discuss this with your radiation oncologist. Brachytherapy does not usually require anesthesia or pain medication, so there may be some additional or different treatment you are scheduled to get at the same. time. Sorry I wasn't able to help, but there just isn't enough information or your specific situation here.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hi Kim,
      Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. There are different types of brachytherapy ( http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/radiation-side-effects/brachytherapy ) . It might be a good idea to verify with your doctor exactly which kind of brachytherapy you will receive and the process that you will undergo. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 days for my brachytherapy. I was under general anesthesia during the implant procedure. I made sure to tell the doctor prior to the procedure that I did not want to feel a thing and to knock me out completely with meds. :) Once I awoke I was attached via IV to a machine that would provide pain meds for me. I just had to push the button and the meds would pump right into me.

      The only pain I felt was from laying on my back without moving for 2 days. Also, when they removed the implant on the last day, I hadn't pumped enough pain meds into my system so I felt that. I also had really bad vomiting episodes after each session of brachytherapy. Hopefully you won't have to deal with this. If I can give you any tips I'd suggest you make sure to have your doctor give you lots of anti nausea meds to combat the nausea/vomiting. Also, use the pain meds. I didn't use them much because I have a severe sensitivity to them and it makes me extremely nauseous. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. :) I'd say first find out which type you will receive. Ask your doc lots of questions until you are 100% clear on the procedure. Sometimes doctors explain things so quickly and with not much detail that you end up just as confused as you were before. Make sure to let them know what you don't understand and to explain things in more detail. Once you know exactly what to expect you won't be as nervous about it. :) Wishing you all the best girl. TTYS.

      about 4 years ago
    • JenB's Avatar

      My brachytherapy was done on an outpatient basis. I would go in early in the morning (after taking some pain medicine), they would insert everything, I'd have an MRI, and then wait for them to plan. After that I had my treatment which took like 20 minutes. Then, everything was taken out, and I was free to leave. The whole process took about 4 hours.
      My experience was a bit different than yours, so I don't really have too much advice.

      about 4 years ago

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