• has anyone had the 4 weeks of rad treatment at a higher dosage as opposed to the regular 6 week session?

    Asked by kate56 on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    has anyone had the 4 weeks of rad treatment at a higher dosage as opposed to the regular 6 week session?

    I am anxious to know how the 4 week treatment as opposed to 6 weeks compare? Is it better or worse in its effects on skin condition, fatigue etc, I never see comments from anyone who has had 4 week treatment?

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    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      I think it may also depend on what chemo drugs are used. I had 4 treatments, 3 weeks apart. I had a few bad days usually around day 3-6 (esp after the neulasta shot). After the 1st treatment I felt "weird", everything was tingling, esp my head. No nausea or diarrhea, constipation instead. But I think the worst part for me, was my MRI showed an enlarged lymph node, which turned to be positive for cancer (other 13 were clear) docs don't know what to tell me, cause the recurrence should not have happened so soon and I was 12 sessions into my radiation. So hopefully which ever treatment u choose will work for you. Best of luck!! I'm still fighting, today I go back to rad after surgery, docs are discussing whether I will need chemo again. I will post info once I know for sure..

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      This is the usual treatment in Canada, I believe, and Europe as well. If you go to www.breastcancer.org you should find women there who have had the shorter radiation treatment. I've also seen postings there from some U.S. women who got the shorter treatment, either as part of a research study or because their treatment center had already adopted it as standard treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I had 4 weeks of radiation after chemo and surgery to treat Inflammatory Breast cancer. I have to say that I came through it with few problems. I rode my bike to the hospital twice a day for treatment (about 5 mile round trip). I took a few naps, but had none of the fatigue that can happen. My skin also held up very well. My radiology technician told me that in 15 years my skin was in the top 5 and that usually when it looked that good they would want too do more. A year and one half out my skin is still looking great (compared to rest of my 61 year old skin). The four week plan worked great for me.

      over 3 years ago
    • grandmaof2's Avatar

      Kate, I had the 16 radiation treatments at a double dose instead of the 6 weeks. I was told by my rad onc that this treatment has been used in Canada for some time. I had a choice to do the traditional treatment of 6 weeks or to do the 3.5 weeks at a double dose of radiation. Research has found that there is no significant difference between these two plans. I didn't seem to have a problem with it, but this is the first time I've been through this. Four or five days after the treatments were done, I did develop a sever redness and blistering of the skin under my breast. As this all occurred right before Christmas, I went back to my rad onc to make sure it was a normal reaction and not some infection setting in. He said it was perfectly normal and advised me to use a half water/half peroxide mixture to dab the blisters and help dry them out, then use the Aquaphor salve several times a day to keep the skin soft and protected.

      I would say that doing the 4 week treatment suited me just fine as I was all done two weeks earlier than I thought I would be. Good luck with your treatment. Let us know what you decide.

      over 3 years ago
    • Caroclara's Avatar

      I was offered the 4 week treatment in Massachusetts, the doc said it's standard now. I asked my surgeon and she wasn't so sure, she's in Boston. She researched it and was all for it saying that "Boston doctors are slow to change." But I had my radiation in Florida as I go there in the winter and they did the 6 weeks, but I would definitely have done the 4 weeks if I was in Massachusetts. You can Google it, the outcomes are the same.

      over 3 years ago

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