• Considering radiation after my second partial radical vulvectomy. Squamous cell ca with one lymph node positive. anyone care to share ?

    Asked by PamJ on Monday, November 19, 2012

    Considering radiation after my second partial radical vulvectomy. Squamous cell ca with one lymph node positive. anyone care to share ?

    Asking for radiation effects short and long term please.

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      Peroll

      The effects all depend on what else gets hit with the radiation besides the cancer site. Radiation will tend to dry out and burn skin and anything else it hits. This can be as little as a red spot on the skin or up to blistering. It will permantly remove any hair on the skinf that gets hit too. Radiation can also cause fatigue and nausea, but not in all people. Overall my personal experience is that radiation was easy compared to chemo. Radiation is a targeted treatment to kill cancer in a small area so it is indicated if there was a small margin on your tumor or there is indication that there is cancer in a well defined and limited locaion. It is not used to go after cancer cells that may have spread, chemo is best for that.

      almost 5 years ago

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