• I'm getting ready to take 32 treatments of Radiation. I had breast cancer. Did anyone have problems with taking the treatments? Issues?

    Asked by Littlehouse on Thursday, May 3, 2012

    I'm getting ready to take 32 treatments of Radiation. I had breast cancer. Did anyone have problems with taking the treatments? Issues?

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    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi there - lots of women in my support group went through radiation and most of them mentioned that it made them tired, so the best thing you can do is really look after yourself well during this period. Juicing is an extra-wonderful thing you can do for yourself (I wrote a blog post on it: http://marnieclark.com/do-you-know-the-benefits-of-juicers-for-cancer-patients/ . It's a great way to get nutrients into your body to combat the effects of radiotherapy and helps with the tiredness. Other issues included a little feeling of sunburn which was helped by using a good organic body lotion on the area being treated, or even just rubbing fresh aloe leaf juice on the area. Hope this helps!

      over 6 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      Just answered someone else about radiation and how much easier I found it to be compared to chemo. I had a little burned area on my shoulder and they gave me these wonderful gel sheets to put over that area. Heavenly relief! The only time I noticed fatigue was during hot weather. I probably wasn't drinking enough water, so try to get into the hydration habit early!

      over 6 years ago
    • Suzy's Avatar

      Hi, I finished my radiation about a month ago. As everyone has told you, the two big side effects are fatigue and skin changes. I used some kind of ointment (whatever is recommended for you) 4 times daily during active treatment. Also, I believe the best treatment for fatigue is exercise. I worked out 7 days/week including strength training and endurance work and water aerobics. I am a physical therapist and worked everyone of my 33 days of treatment except the last one which I took off to celebrate. Hope this helps.

      over 6 years ago
    • Sheri's Avatar

      No problems here. About 4 weeks into the radiation I did have some skin redness (similar to a sunburn), but it didn't get much worse. I was a little worried about that because I have a very fair complexion. My doctor told me that doesn't seem to be an indicator of who will have skin redness/irriation or not. I didn't feel tired. I kept up my regular work schedule, continued to eat healthy, and exercised most every day (as I had been doing previous to bc). Good luck to you.

      over 6 years ago
    • AbbysMom's Avatar

      I had 33 radiation treatments. The drive was challenging each day due to nutty drivers - Ha ha! The treatments themselves weren't difficult - in & out. I developed pretty intense burn to the area of my chest that is exposed to the sun during the summer. I got blister-like areas there. The creams and lotions that the Dr. prescribed helped. The itch was constant to some degree. All of the skin reactions subsided pretty quickly after treatment was completed. The fatigue was there throughout radiation and has gradually faded. I'm exercising and eating better and I feel pretty good. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have had radiation twice, one round of 28 , 24 yrs ago and another round of 25 4 years ago. I had chemo in the first round also. I would take twice the radiation over one chemo anyday. I did get dry mouth, soars in my mouth, my neck and face turned almost black. Did have fatigue, and lost my saliva glands. But, I guess thats better than the alternative. Good luck with the treatments, they go by pretty quick, before you know it, your remembering what it was like instead of doing it.

      over 6 years ago

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