• Did you have radiation at the same time as chemo? Or chemo first, then radiation, or vice versa?

    Asked by BobbyZ on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Did you have radiation at the same time as chemo? Or chemo first, then radiation, or vice versa?

    My doctor has told me that he wants to start radiation while I'm on chemo. I thought you only got one of them at a time. Is this normal?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I had immunotherapy. Radiation. Immunotherapy. My doctor didn't want me to have radiation and immunotherapy at the same time because he said side effects of both were worse when given at the same time.

      9 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had chemo first, then radiation at the first diagnosis, for the second Dx, I only had chemo, for the third, I only had radiation. Never both at the same time, but I have seen people here on the site that have had both.

      9 months ago
    • Beeg2017's Avatar

      I had radiation, then a month break to heal, then chemo.

      9 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I had surgery, chemo and then radiation. With a month between the chemo and radiation to recover a bit.

      I think it varies depending on the patient and the cancer.

      9 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I had radiation and chemo at the same time. Radiation in the morning and chemo in the afternoon.

      9 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I had radiation and then immune therapy. My radiation oncologist said quite often they have to talk it out to decide who starts first.

      9 months ago
    • Eddie22's Avatar

      7 chemo treatments have made my legs hurt to where I can't walk very far. Now it's 5 days of radiation, then a whipple. Will there be more chemo after surgery? Chemo has really got me down

      9 months ago

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