• My husband is about to start 8 weeks of radiation. How will he feel?

    Asked by jama on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    My husband is about to start 8 weeks of radiation. How will he feel?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Each person takes it differently, but there are several side effects that most tend to have. I had radiation 24 years ago, I took it like drinking koolaid, no problem, very little problem. Worked every day, didn't miss a lick. 24 years later, I was older 48, and it kicked my butt, I had the droopsies at about 2 each day after two weeks of treatment. I was getting treated in the neck area, and got burned fairly good in that area. I had sores in my mouth, couldn't eat much, lost 50#, need to start eating everything you can find right now. I lost my voice for 30 days, it came back raspy. So, this time was worse on me than last time. I suspect since you are dealing with prostate, you will not have the same issues with voice, sores in mouth etc. since you will be treated in a different area. Probably still be droopy and need a nap.

      Someone who has had prostate treatment will be able to answer soon, all in all, it's not near as bad as chemo, and I would take it two to one today over chemo.

      Best of luck to you!

      over 8 years ago
    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      i had 7 weeks of daily radiation to my chest when i was diagnosed with breast cancer. though radiation certainly affects everyone differently, you can CERTAINLY expect fatigue, especially as you get to the end of the treatments because the effects are cumulative. not sure what time of RT your husband is having, but if it's external and to a wide area like i had for my breast cancer, i DID experience some burns the last week...not as "obvious" as a sunburn but a burn nonetheless. i wondered why my radiation oncologist prescribed me a huge bottle of pain pills....i found out in the last week. i was also still in a lot of pain from the burns the week AFTER i finished treatment, but then i healed quickly. the fatigue to longer to get over.

      on the other hand, i had 13 treatments of "internal" gamma knife radiation targeted to some spinal tumors. i never hurt from that or had any noticeable side effects other than fatigue, again, and the obvious difference that the tumors in my spine shrank and my nerve pain quickly went away. so that was a "good" experience. go figure. it will depend on the type of RT your husband gets, but i think he can count on fatigue, at least. i've seen other people get nauseous a little or other things, but fatigue is one of the main side effects almost everyone has.

      good luck! just take care of your husband (as i'm sure you will) and realize that he may tire more easily as the treatments progress, and he probably won't be able to do as much as he THINKS he should. ; ) you may have to rein him in.....and it will take a couple of weeks at least AFTER treatments (sometimes a month+) to get over that fatigue. just be patient. : )

      over 8 years ago
    • vizslagirl's Avatar

      oops! i forgot to add that even during my first RT treatments, i was able to go to work everyday, even after the burns, but i needed the pain meds!

      HARD EARNED ADVICE: IF YOUR DOCTOR OFFERS YOU PAIN MEDS OR ANYTHING ELSE, JUST FILL THE PRESCRIPTION, YOU WILL PROBABLY NEED IT. i once refused a prescription/suggestion from my doctor and DEEPLY regretted it. just do what they say (within reason and with your own questions)--they DID finish medical school, and most of us have not. : )

      good luck.

      over 8 years ago

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