• Just started my external radiation therapy has anyone had this type radiation therapy

    Asked by maryjane on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Just started my external radiation therapy has anyone had this type radiation therapy

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    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      I did. You dont feel anything during the procedure. But you do have side effects like skin changes, nausea, and possibly even diarrhea.

      over 10 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      Did your doctor or nurse provide you with a booklet of info? Or have you asked them about it? It's not bad really. Other than the infertility and having to leave the house just for a few minutes of radiation. I detested chemo therapy only because it would take 3 hrs. Also, you can look around the American Cancer Society website for info on this too. :)

      over 10 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I agree with the others. It's painless during the treatment and it often takes longer to get you lined up for the treatment than the actual treatment takes. I am not sure of the side effects for your type of cancer but I would discuss that with your doctor or nurse. Also, the effects are cumulative so the first couple you won't have and side effects but they gradually come or might not at all. Also, even the week following, the cumulative effects will still be there. My worst side effects occurred the week after I completed my course.

      As a way to get through it, I did a count down till I was finished. I had 28 treatments so I put $28 in an envelope in my car. The hospital I went to had free valet service for patients getting treatment. I would tip the valet $1 each treatment. It's a really good feeling to see that wad of bill go down and taking the last one out was the best feeling ever.

      One last thing to note. Some people are really bothered by side effects and need to take a break for a day or two. If this happens to you, don't see it as a sign you are not doing well. Lots of people need breaks and it is just part of the process.

      Good luck! I just got released from my radiation oncologist!

      over 10 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I've had radiation and chemo with my first two bouts with cancer, the last time, 3rd I only had radiation. I will take radiation anytime over chemo, as far as comparing the side effects. Chemo knocked me in the dirt, sick all the time. Radiation made me have sores in my mouth and killed my saliva glands and now my teeth are falling apart, but still, it's much better than the chemo. As far as being easier, that is.

      over 10 years ago
    • Gururobb's Avatar

      Just finished a round of five treatments on tumors on my brain. Ive got a few days left to worry about swelling (scar tissue) but all in all I found it remarkably easy.
      Of course I was scared to death that Id move but other then that stress and not even allowing myself to swallow during the treatment I needed reminding how serious my condition was.

      And Im the kinda guy who has actively avoided radiation exposure in the past like the plague. Stay positive, think positive and positive things will happen.

      over 10 years ago

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