• i have finished my six months of chemo and i start radiation august 14, 2012 i was wondering if it makes you sick

    Asked by evelyn1956 on Sunday, July 22, 2012

    i have finished my six months of chemo and i start radiation august 14, 2012 i was wondering if it makes you sick

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Everyone is different, but for me, the first time I took chemo it kicked my butt, then I took the radiation. I said at that time I would take radiation 2 to 1 over chemo. It was much easier on me. I had very few side effects. I was told about all the possiblilities but I had very few. That was 24 years ago.

      3.5 years ago I was diagnosed again, this time had only radiation. I was thinking no problem, I will breeze through this. In the second week I was already getting dry mouth from saliva glands going away, started getting burned around the neck, 3 weeks in, I was getting tired in the afternoon, had to take a nap around 2 or 3. Got some serious sores in my mouth and couldn't eat. And it killed my teeth. but I was getting treated in the neck and jaw area. So you will probably have a different set of side effects. But as for Sick, NO, I never felt nausea, or sickness of anykind.

      all in all, compared to all the things I have had done to me, Radiation is fairly simple.

      Best of luck to you, I hope it's easy for you too!

      over 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had radiation for rectal cancer. The radiation didn't make me sick but I started to have localized issues such burning at the site and intense diarrhea. My ovaries also got "cooked" so I went into early menopause. The radiation team was outstanding on providing me care as each symptom came up. You can also take a break from radiation for a few days if you need to.

      The procedure itself is easy. I was tattooed (I freaked out but they are little tiny dots you can barely see) so I could be lined up every day. Once I was lined up the machine went around me twice and I was done. The machine moving only took 73 seconds (I counted). I was able to wear work clothes every day and just slip my pants down low enough for the team to see the tattoos. I brought my iPod everyday but the team found out I liked Jim Buffett and had that music playing for me every morning.

      Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I had radiation to the left side of my neck for 7 weeks. I still have dry mouth really bad, but it does get better for some. I got a little redness on my neck, but daily cream helped with that. Probably the biggest thing for me was the fatigue. I slept a lot. So, my side effects weren't so bad. The saliva thing sucks, but it could have been worse. I didn't get any sores or real burns to my neck. It's different for everyone. I hope you get through it with minimal side effects. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I went through radiation and chemo at the same time for about 8 weeks. It was tough but I made it through. I found ways to deal with each side effect as it came along. I made sure to let my medical team know about all side effects I was experiencing and they gave me meds or helpfull info on dealing with each. I also went onto the National Cancer Institute website and requested printed material regarding how to manage side effects and nutrition. I highly recommend you do this. It's free! :) Side effects vary from person to person but fortunatelly there are ways to manage or minimize most. Wish you all the best.

      over 4 years ago

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