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    Has anyone cut short the 28 radiation treatments for rectal cancer due to radiation enteritis/proctitis?

    Asked by TJM on Sunday, January 8, 2012

    Has anyone cut short the 28 radiation treatments for rectal cancer due to radiation enteritis/proctitis?

    How permaent is radiatio enteritis/protoctitis and is it more common when receiving over 5000 rads of radiation?

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had all 28 radiation treatments for rectal cancer. I thought the last week and the week after radiation were the worst.

      Many patients have to stop radiation due to all the side effects. Sometimes they just take a break and then start up again and sometimes they stop all together.

      My side effects from the radiation lasted over a month after the treatments were completed and it doesn't sound like I was as severe as you were. I do however, have a new appreciation for the phrase, Pain in the A$$.

      The pain is very real. Do not be afraid to ask for pain medications, ointments or anything else you feel will help you feel better. I also ate a low residue diet to avoid having bulk stools to make it a little easier to go.

      When the symptoms improve, you will have to discuss with your radiation oncologist if it's best to stop treatments all together or to finish up where you left off.

      Good luck to you and I totally feel your pain. Hang in there.

      about 9 years ago
    • NeverGiveUp's Avatar

      Hi TJM ... sorry this post is so much later than your question, but I just started a profile here and just saw your question.

      I offer an answer in case it may be helpful/hopeful for you.

      Yes; I was hospitalized just hours after the 25th radiation treatment and did not have the last three. The chemo/radiation was grueling and I wound up hospitalized for 3 months due to dehydration, malnutrition and severe radiation wounds for rectal squamous cell (stage-3) and anal squamous cell (stage 1-2).

      The great news is ... I didn't need any surgery and am in remission (almost 2 years).

      Hope you are doing well!

      almost 9 years ago

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