• Radation...

    Asked by coco48 on Friday, March 22, 2013


    I just talked to my Dr.,I was told that I will have to do 7weeks of radation and follow-up with 6 months of chemo...this sounds really scary!!! Just want some idea what to expect?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I found radiation to be the easiest part of my treatment. The hardest part was the inconvenience of having to go every day, but I was fortunate in that the treatment center was close to work and I could go on my lunch hour. I did experience a little burning towards the end of my treatments, but I have had sunburns that were worse.

      over 7 years ago
    • dls1007's Avatar

      I agree with 'nancyjac'. Radiation for me was easy and I used to go over my lunch hour also. It just got old having to go everyday plus I did get a little burning towards the end but they gave me cream that helped with that. The chemo can be difficult but be sure to take the nausea medication the doctor prescribed because it does help. Your appetite will change so be sure to have Ensure or something similar. I always had ginger tea on hand also that will help with nausea too. If you receive chemo that makes you lose your hair, when it starts to come out just cut it all off and shave your head. It really makes things easier because your scalp will start to hurt when it falls out. It sounds scary but you will get through it and come out stronger than what you were before. Stay strong!

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I did it in reverse order...chemo then radiation....it is a hard journey but it is doable. I had bilat at the sart of my journey. The hardest part of radiation is the fatigue and "sunburn" skin....no other real side effects......

      over 7 years ago
    • hmt1070's Avatar

      I had chemo for six months, then had surgery, and THEN the radiation. The chemo was definitely the toughest - it was first step which made it emotional. I lost my hair pretty quickly - and like it was said before, it hurt - my scalp was so sensitive for a couple of days and my psyche was definitely bruised. Losing my hair made cancer real... Chemo had a few side effects: neuropathy, mouth sores, metallic taste - but it was manageable. Like the others said, radiation was relatively easy on my body and mind - just annoying to schedule in every day with snow and holidays (Nov-Jan). When things were trying, I had an occasional pity party, but mostly tried to take it one day at a time. Ask questions, ask for help, ask for advice, be good to yourself :)

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had surgery -- 8 sessions of chemo -- then 35 sessions of radiation.
      The only problem I had with radiation was some burning whereas I had to
      take a week off to allow healing.
      Using Silverdene Cream and allowing a fan to blow on that area helped tremendously. Good Luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      As you can see from everyone's comments, it's certainly no picnic, but we all survived it and you will too. Take the nausea meds as prescribed...do NOT wait until you "need" them. Be diligent about gargling with the salt water solution, so you won't get sores. And eat protein, as your body will need lots of it to replace white cells. You are stronger than you would ever have imagined, and this will be over one day. Hang in there.

      over 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Both treatments are certainly do-able. I found the radiation to be EASY--I didn't burn at all. I got tired, but naps helped there. The chemo was much tougher, because I was often anemic (needed 5 transfusions). The others are right when they say take the anti-nausea pills even if you think you might not need them. I had 5 months of chemo and never threw up once. Good luck with your treatment and keep using this site if you have more concerns. You can do this! :-)

      over 7 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Surgery, then chemo, then radiation. As the others say - radiation definitely the easiest part.
      I have one last treatment to go. Once they get you set up and marked up (so they can zap you in
      all the right places) it takes very little time. The treatment is painless and fast. You can actually relax on the table. It helps if the staff is friendly and helpful and available. I did have a little fatigue, which was dealt with by a nap. A 20 min "I'll close my eyes and rest" on occastion turned out to be a 2 or 3 hr. nap. And none of the long naps interfered with my normal sleeping.
      I have some pain and redness, am using a cream and ice-water soaks. But I'm sure that will all go away. The equipment itself can be scary - with the noises etc. But if you close your eyes you can block that fear. It helps if the staff plays good background music. The pracctice I went to had
      a disc player and I was invited to bring my own music if I wanted to. Theirs was fine, however.

      I will have had 33 treatments, plus the initial 2 appointments for setting up. They have to set up the equipment for your particular body and targets. Then another appointment to mark me up with sharpie target marks, which will wash away. I did not have tatoos. They did make a special mold for me to cradle my head and arm so I would be in the same position for each treatment.
      The treatment time is short - and most of the time is actually in the positioning. They tugged the sheet to get me at the correct angle, moved the table bit by bit etc. Just boring tech stuff.

      over 7 years ago
    • jgoat01's Avatar

      I had 8 rounds of chemo, surgery, and just started on my 6 and a half weeks radiation. I actually gained weight w chemo because of the steroids they gave me. I never once got sick but I did take the nausea pills before treatment just in case. I handled the red chemo just fine aside from feeling unlike myself for about a week. However the (easier) chemo,taxotere, gave me fits. I had a rash come up on my hands and some mouth sores, and my fingernails turned dark yellowish,but it could have been way worse. I am very blessed to have had it not so bad. It all depends on attitude I believe. Don't give up and you can do this!! God bless!!

      over 7 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Hi, coco48. I can't speak to the chemo part. I did have 33 radiation treatments. It really wasn't bad at all. The treatments didn't hurt. I did have a sunburn. I used the purest aloe vera I could find (at the local co-op) and applied it three times a day - after morning shower, after afternoon radiation treatment, and before bedtime. Good luck to you.

      over 7 years ago

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