• Does anyone on this site have a tip for taking Radiation. Do you feel sick? I mean vomiting? Should you eat before or after the treatment?

    Asked by pulley on Monday, January 7, 2013

    Does anyone on this site have a tip for taking Radiation. Do you feel sick? I mean vomiting? Should you eat before or after the treatment?

    Did anyone find doing a certain thing really helped. I think I will be very tired if not from the treatment itself just having to drive so far every day for 5weeks. Although I should not feel tired the doctor said this will not cause me to be.
    I do feel tired and more sleepy than usual. Is this normal?

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I started radiation 3 weeks following chemo....compared to chemo, radiation was a walk in the park!!!! My radiated "foob" got "sunburned" after a couple weeks...mostly just pink and itchy.....rad onc and nurse gave me lotion and some other things to use which were helpful. Fatigue was the other side effect, but it was cumulative....I didn't feel tired right away.....but as the time went on, I got more tired.....the fatigue lasted for a couple weeks after I finished radation and thn I started to get my strength back.....NO nausea or any other side effects from radiation......

      almost 4 years ago
    • MarcM's Avatar

      I had roughly 7 weeks of radiation to chest for lung cancer. I did not get irritated skin like some. I was having concurrent chemo so I don't know which ultimately made me a little fatigued, but I did not get that fatigued. People are affected differently. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Radiation can cause some fatigue but it shouldn't cause nausea or vomiting. I would definitely check that out either with your oncologist or your PCP. I suspect there is something else causing that. Is there any facility closer to you where you can get your treatments.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I got chemo twice to 2 different areas - left jaw and lower back. The biggest side effect I had was fatigue. I got chemo also, but it lasted longer than the radiation, and the fatigue got better a few weeks after radiation was done and I was still getting chemo. I also took Ativan for the first round of radiation because I had to wear a mask to keep my head still and some people get anxious about the confinement of the mask. It helped me to relax, too. That might be an option to talk to your doctor about, if necessary. Best of luck to you! Keep us posted!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      I am currently getting radiation treatments (10 down, 20 to go) and am dealing with the same issues. The rad doc and I agree these are lingering side effects from the chemo. Taste buds and tummy haven't recovered yet so I do not eat prior to treatment.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I didn't feel sick. Mine was in the morning so I ate my usual, yogurt, before I went. I experienced fatigue around the third week, but not as severe as chemo fatigue.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yes, fatigue is normal. That was one of the major side effects for me. My radiation was centered in my middle and lower abdomen so I had digestive issues...like diarrhea and constipation. I changed my diet up to combat those. I went through both radiation and chemo at the same time so a bit hard to separate which side effects were caused by radiation only. I just know that after radiation I would usually come home and nap.

      I was told to eat a light meal prior to radiation, but nothing too heavy. I took my anti nausea meds 1-2 hours prior to radiation. How long of a drive do you have to make? Maybe you can have someone drive you to and from treatment if possible? I know there were times I could definitely not drive. But again, I had chemo along with radiation. Wishing you all the best. Sending hugs your way. :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kathy504's Avatar

      Dear Pulley,

      As you can see, radiation should not cause nausea or vomiting. The fatigue tends to be cumaulative. Your skin may get red like "sun burn", especially if you are fair skinned. You may want to ask your radiologist about using lotion (PruTech) after each radiation session. (Don't put anything on your skin 4 hours before a radiation session.)There is also a "blue" treated poultice wrap they can put on any burned area that should help it to to heal quickly. Expect the best outcome. We are praying for you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Pulley...this should be ok for you. I had 28 treatments for breast cancer. Since I had one bad lymph node they treated every area much more to get anything that might have gone to another lymph. With LCIS you may not have this.. I would expect some fatique, but cumulative.. you feel nothing right away.. it is sort of like getting an xray. Toward the end, I felt more tired, but also had trouble sleeping. No nausea with radiation of breast at all. Just follow the Dr's orders to keep the skin moist in between.. use a gentle soap like Dove (for sensitive skin) and aquafor after your shower. Nothing should be on your skin though when you go in for radiation. Try to find a place closer.. there should be something. You have to go every day...then you are there for only about 1/2 hr max.. you'll spend more time driving. Good Luck! you will do fine.

      almost 4 years ago
    • dealite2007's Avatar

      I'm going into my third week of rads. I've had no side effects. No nausea, vomitting, anything. I had a little bit a pinkness early on, but that has passed and have no burning (yet.) I don't know if I'm tired from rads or just tired from not getting enough sleep at night (probably the later.) You'll be fine. It's not difficult...just very time consuming. From walking into the radiation room to walking out is about 10 minutes. It goes fast. takes longer to drive there and back than the procedure.

      I find pure aloe gel works great. I've always used it in the past for kitchen burns and sun burns.

      almost 4 years ago
    • grammy's Avatar

      One thing my radiologist told me was to eat an apple every day. He said his patients swore by it. I did it and whether or not it helped, I did not have any ill effects. Also, he said to keep moving and I walked 2-3 miles every day. I dried under my breasts really well after showering and used the lotion they gave me. I really was fine. I had to drive about 36 miles every day. Having someone go with you helps pass the time faster. I worked while going through radiation, teaching high school, and went for treatments after work. I did get tired toward the end but overall it was a snap after the chemo. Good luck. Keep moving and eat those apples.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      After three weeks of radiation for my breast cancer I was exhausted, I was taking Afinitor for my Kidney cancer every morning and this may have had something to do with it. I did not get nausea, I had breakfast every morning before I left for my treatments (about 9:00 in the morning). I was fortunate in that the hospital I am treated at is a mile from home. Most days I was home within two hours of leaving. If the center is running on time treatment should take about an hour from soup to nuts - i.e. registering to leaving post treatment - the treatment itself takes about 10 min. waiting, changing and set up takes up most of the time.

      Do you have someone who can drive you to your appointments? I know that the social worker at the radiation center was able to make arrangements for free transportation for people who needed it. See what services are offered where you are being treated.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I felt just fine during radiation except for a burn towards the end, which was treatable. After going through chemo, radiation was a cake walk! Just do what makes you feel ok. Good luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • RacerChick's Avatar

      I had the same experience as Karen. I was sore, red and sunburned but I didn't get sick or vomit. I was tired, very tired by about the 3rd week of radiation. I ate normally and felt okay. Sleep is the best treatment for radiation. Get your rest, this is the only thing that made me feel better.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Pal's Avatar

      I am getting radiation now for my breast cancer. It takes literally two minutes and I have felt nothing. It has been three weeks and I just keep moisturizing the area with a lotion the hospital recommended. No nausea, not really tired and I have continued my workouts at the gym. Make sure you are eating good to keep up your strength.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Tania's Avatar

      Hi Pulley, I am a breast cancer survior of 4 years. I had radiation for 6 weeks. I had no problem till the end then I started to feel weak. It is normal to feel tired. I would clean the house and rest take a nap and wake up and continue. No vomitting at least I did not have that feeling at all. I would eat normal. You will be fine. Keep me posted. Hugs, Tania from Miami, Florida

      almost 4 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar

      Hi pulley, I don't know about anyone else but I would go ahead and eat, justlike you know normally? would. I dont' know what time your radiation is - mine was first thing in the morning. Ask for a rx for odansetron it is for nausea and really helps before your treatment. The fatigue is cumulative like karen1956 answered. hope this helps-kimg09

      almost 4 years ago

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