• Chemo only, radiation only, or both at the same time

    Asked by MichaelDicleLS on Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Chemo only, radiation only, or both at the same time

    I'm curious how many people have chemo and radiation at the same time? I think the side effects of having both of them at the same time will make each of them worse. who has had both simultaneously?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had both for my first diagnosis, but not at the same time. Second Dx was chemo only, third Dx was radiation only. I know I've seen a few people on the site post that they had both at the same time.

      11 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Mom had 2 months chemo only, then had chemo and radiation together for just over 3 months.

      11 months ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar

      I had chemo first, and then radiation. Radiation treatment was 5x a week for 6 weeks. Each have their own set of issues, but the common denominator is fatigue. I can't imagine doing both at the same time!

      11 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar

      I was told that if you have had surgery, they usually do one and then the other back to back. If you have NOT had surgery, my doctors and trials suggest at the same time (even starting same day) as it helps with positive play off each other. I had 30 days ( 5 days a week x 6 weeks) at the same time as 2 rounds of chemo (every 6 weeks). I made it!

      11 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      My medical oncologist told me that the side effects were exacerbated for both chemo and radiation when taken at the same time. I quit my chemo (immunotherapy) treatments while I got radiation and resumed chemical treatments within a few weeks of completing radiation.

      10 months ago

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