• radiation after chemo (ABVD)

    Asked by jack0679 on Saturday, December 29, 2012

    radiation after chemo (ABVD)

    I am currently doing 4 rounds of ABVD treatment and am supposed to have radiation after. Anyone know how soon after chemo radiation begins? Do they give you time to recover from the chemo before doing radiation?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Radiation can begin immediately after chemo or in some cases is given at the same time as chemo. Radiation will seem easy compared to chemo in most cases. Treatment involves laying on a table for about 10 minutes a day while getting zapped for 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. Side effects are usually minor with teh most common being fatigue and burns (alot like a sun burn) which can be treated with lotion. Radiation may sould scary but it is really quite easy. Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I started radiation right after chemo, seems like it was the next week. As Peroll said, radiation has it's own set of side effects, but I will take it any day over chemo, it was much easier for me.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My doctors wanted me to wait at least 4 weeks after chemo before beginning radiation. I don't know if that's typical.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Unless there is an overriding medical reason to start your rads ASAP, if you have a predicable side effects from each round of chemo (I had exactly 4 days of feeling crappy that started 3 days after each infusion), you should be able to wait a week or so after your last round of chemo before starting radiation.

      over 4 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I had external and internal beam radiation in between my courses of chemo.
      I had more side effects and fatigue with the radiation than I did my chemo treatments.
      Radiation was a quick 10 minute process but went on for 32 days......my chemo was one day
      a week, every 3 weeks.

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I had my chemo and radiation together. Radiation was 35 treatments, every day (M-F) for 7 weeks, 20 minutes each. I got chemo once a week.for 7 weeks. My follow-up PET scan revealed the tumor on my tongue was basically gone, but they found a new growth in my lung. My side effects included the extreme fatigue, and it killed my salivary glands. It's been almost a year and a half and the dry mouth is improved, but still bad. According to my onc, I tolerated the 2 treatments well. So, it can be done right away, but like some have said, sometimes they wait. I think it depends on the patient and the type of treatment you received with chemo. Best of luck to you on your journey!

      over 4 years ago
    • cancervivor's Avatar

      I started my radiation the next week.

      over 4 years ago
    • grammapila's Avatar

      My daughter was 23 and also had nodular sclerosing Hodgkins in 2007. Her treatment plan was 6 rounds of ABVD to be followed by 35 radiation treatments. She had a PET within 2 weeks of completing her chemo, and - NO CANCER! She never had to have the radiation and she is now 5 years cancer free. I will pray for the same outcome for you!

      over 4 years ago

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