• Question: What to expect during radiation.

    Asked by Alyce on Sunday, June 17, 2012

    Question: What to expect during radiation.

    I will be finishing up my chemo at the end of July. Then I will be scheduled for a lumpectomy (originally a mastectomy but the chemo has shrunk the tumor tremendously). I am a triple positive, Grade 1, Stage 2. Cancer is only in the tumor and no where else. Cancer was 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm, now it is smaller than the size of a pea after 2 rounds of chemo. Going on my 4th chemo on Monday, with two more to finish.
    I would like to know what I can expect in the way of side effects during the radiation. It will be for 6 weeks, 30 treatments, one per day, M-F.


    2 Answers from the Community

    • lynn1950's Avatar

      The two side effects that I remember from rads (it's been almost 4 years), are getting a little pink and getting progressively more tired. I never really burned and I am fair-skinned. My radiation center was very generous in handing out lotions and I was very diligent about using them! I got a little itchy near the end and was given a special lotion (Regencare, I think) for that. I had plenty of plain white t's that I wore to keep my clothes from being stained by the lotions.

      It took longer to park and get on a gown than it took to get zapped!

      Glad to hear that your tumor is shrinking and that you're on the home stretch for chemo. xoxoxo Lynn

      almost 9 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      I had 5 weeks of M-F radiation and the only side effect I had was a little burned spot on my shoulder toward the end--so although it was painful I didn't have to suffer with it too long. Agree with lynn--the treatment itself is the least time consuming part of the whole thing!

      almost 9 years ago

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