• How can you mentally prepare for internal radiation in such a sensitive area? What can you expect?

    Asked by StegalMan on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    How can you mentally prepare for internal radiation in such a sensitive area? What can you expect?

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear StegalMan,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. I'm replying to your question not because I have the answer, but because Cancer is so prevalent in my family (except for BC) with Colon Cancer being the most prevalent (my late Grandfather and his 3 siblings [my grandfather would be 113 if he were alive today, so don't feel bad...;)]).

      I've given your question a great deal of thought-because of my background and training (I have a Master's in Library Science with a concentration in Medicine and I've worked in several medical libraries). I look at questions in a different way than other folks on the site do?

      My best response to you would be to ask you if you've spoken to your Radiation Oncologist? She/he is the best person to speak with to gain this information from.

      I understand that you're seeking someone who's been through the same procedure, but just wanted to be sure that you didn't leave that stone unturned.

      Because of my so-prevalent family history, I've been screened for colon cancer starting at age 40, rather than 50 (the G.I. doc overheard me talking when I brought a friend in). So far so good at least as that's concerned. As far as what I have is concerned, I'm doing very well.

      I hope your radiation goes smoothly and painlessly and I hope you find someone from your community to give you the answer your seeking.

      Warm Wishes,

      over 4 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      Radiation was tough for me. I'm not sure what preparation I could have made. I had a great medical team and they were my salvation. They anticipated side effects and were proactive and generally made it as easy on me as possible. I didn't realize how long I would feel the effects and what the long-term consequences would be. If you want details, send me a message and we can discuss.

      over 4 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I had 27 radiation treatments and they were intense due to the nature of my tumor. I had complete trust in my radiologist and his team. They were great. But I had alot of questions along the way. That helped with getting psyched up everyday for almost six weeks. But in all honesty I needed alot of prayer to get through radiation. I also carried a chemo pump 24 /7 the whole time. I said alot of Hail Mary's. Good luck, you'll get through it.

      over 4 years ago
    • StegalMan's Avatar

      Thanks for the input everyone, just kind of scares me. I've read too much I guess.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi Stegalman,

      Since you asked about mental preparation, I rethought your question and will share my brilliance with you. Prepare to be dazzled...;)

      Before you have your radiation, stop thinking and worrying about it-it's so much easier said than done! I know, I could have worried myself into a fever pitch if I'd wanted to or let myself when it came time to decide between a lumpectomy vs. mastectomy (I was diagnosed with Stage I BC, so I was fortunate to have that choice). I also didn't sit around worrying about whether the fact I decided on a mastectomy was the right decision. I knew it was-and I was engaged (still am) and this whole Cancer thing interrupted my Wedding. I had my Mastectomy in mid-December instead -the time when we were originally planning our Wedding (the mastectomy was small and intimate...;)). If you don't laugh, you cry. A good sense of humor is a very valuable asset as a Cancer patient! Btw, my Wedding dress that I'd already purchased is strapless (of course...;)). I'll be waiting a bit (if we still want to have "that kind of wedding". What's that great John Lennon quote? Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. It's true. But then, you've got to make other plans, to revise your life and change your priorities.

      My best advice to you right now is to distract yourself. Do as many enjoyable things as your condition permits no matter what Stage you're in or what at point in treatment you are.. If you can get out and do things with friends-lunch out, poker night, I'm not sure I'd suggest hitting the bars (don't know how that would work with radiation therapy...;), maybe not so well...) Have a coke and nachos instead-better choice (for now), golf (if you play), Scrabble, crossword puzzles, movies, time with loved ones, going to sports events or watching the games at a bar or on tv.

      If you like books (and of course I do and I love to encourage people to read [being a Librarian and all that]), I like to suggest they join book groups. If there's no local group, or you're not feeling especially social right now, there's an online book group called wwwdotgoodreadsdotcom (sorry I had to spell it this weird way, but if I don't they'll delete it). It's great-you can track all your books, find other books to read, join small genre book groups, make virtual friends write book reviews and read reviews others' have written. It can be a lot of fun and nope it's not just chick lit!...;) A good supplier of old films is wwwdotoldiesdotcom if you happen to like old movies (I really enjoy them!)

      So now you have a few weapons in your arsenal to help you to keep busy and out of trouble as my Mom used to say.

      Again, I wish you comfort and peace of mind in the days ahead. If you need other fabulous ideas to help distract you, feel free to message me or email me offsite. I'm very happy to help you

      Warm Wishes,

      over 4 years ago

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