• I am finally getting to start treatments. First chemo and then radiation. I'm scared as to how it will affect me.

    Asked by aeasghMX on Monday, May 20, 2019

    I am finally getting to start treatments. First chemo and then radiation. I'm scared as to how it will affect me.

    I know from reading here that everyone says it is different for each of us. But if you had to say which one was harder, was it chemo or radiation?

    Thanks, I'm anxious but thankful to get started.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      This is one thing that you must simply wait to see how it plays out. What others report may very well have zero to do with your journey. I have had maximum doses of 20 different drugs now, and have survived it all. Actually, I'm delighted to be anywhere.

      I find it helpful to balance everything - everything - against what the cancer will do if not stopped.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Chemo was harder on me. My good friend said I was the Poster Child (joke) for side effects with chemo. It was rough on me. One thing to remember is that chemo is a poison to kill the bad cells and it also can harm the good cells, like hair and nails.
      Radiation was not as bad. Just caused fatigue in me. I slept every chance I got. And it took a month or so afterwards for the fatigue to stop affecting me so much.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      Hooray for starting treatment! I felt a great relief when things got underway because I wanted to destroy that cancer.

      I'd suggest being more concerned about how the chemo and radiation will affect the cancer. Yes, there are side effects of treatment, but your care team is there to help you manage them. Follow their instructions, and let them know if there is something that you cannot manage. You may be surprised at how well you are able to cope.

      My feeling was "Bring it On!" It's normal to feel apprehensive, but you'll find that you're stronger than you think.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      Sorry for not answering your direct question. For me, chemo was scarier than radiation, and during one course of chemo (the anthracycline portion), I had a lot of low level nausea and mouth sores. All manageable. Radiation treatments were a breeze, but I didn't like the fatigue that began near the end of the treatments. It was manageable, though.

      I hope you find it all quite manageable. Just welcome the treatment to destroy your cancer.

      about 1 month ago

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