• How long after chemo and radiation treatment will i start feeling better?

    Asked by amkates on Sunday, May 19, 2013

    How long after chemo and radiation treatment will i start feeling better?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • CAS1's Avatar

      It takes a while because a major organ in your body was damaged and the radiation damage continues even after you finish treatment. Like a sunburn its still smoking in the spots with radiation. But make sure you stay hydrated and get exercise as much as possible because it will help you heal and get better. I am starting the Livestrong program on June 3rd at the YMCA. A free 12 week program.

      I also did a pulmonary rehab program( Once I learned the breathing exercises I didn't continue because it was a far distance away from home) ask your Dr. to send you to a Pulmonologist for an assessment and ask them for a prescription to rehab..This is very helpful and can ensure you are treating any possible radiation damage in the lungs with the right therapy.

      Otherwise I am told it takes one year from the end of treatment to be fully restored.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Everyone takes the treatment differently and usually recover at different rates. There are so many variables from your overall general health and fitness to what type of cancer you have and what type/how much treatment you receive.

      But I can tell you that in all three of my cancer dx's, I started feeling better right after I stopped the treatment. It wasn't "snap back" to where I was, but I slowly started regaining the things I had lost. Within a month I was feeling pretty darn good compared to where I had declined to. Still, not back to "normal". Some of us never get back to where we were, others pick up right where they left off.

      I hope you get there quick!

      over 4 years ago

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