• Radiation Side Effects??

    Asked by JBean71 on Friday, August 7, 2015

    Radiation Side Effects??

    just wondering what to expect for 6 weeeks of daily radiation treatments. I have completed four rounds of A/C and twelve rounds of Taxol. This is the next step.

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    • lisahal's Avatar

      I have 6 more left out of 35. It takes 15 minutes to set up and then they zap you. Every Monday is an extra 15 minutes for x-rays they take. Every Thursday I talk to the Dr. The radiation ladies asked me today what I was using on my skin and said my skin was outstanding considering what it could look like. I bring a piece of aloe vera with me and after the radiation is done I put the aloe on. When I get home I put on Banana Boat after sun care. I do this three times a day for both. I drink only water and a ton of it. Eat healthy and make sure you are eating extra protein to help your body heal. I take a nap everyday now even if I am not tired. Just rest, eat well, and frack cancer! Best of Luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      What lisahal said.

      The longest time spent was at something called a simulation. Measurements were taken and I got my two radiation tattoos (dots). A pillow was molded to my body so that I would be in the same position through all my treatments. My radiation center has a very informative video about the process:

      I was marked up with a Sharpie. Those markings were renewed every week when my measurements were rechecked and I had to be careful not to wash them off. My markings and machine were changed for the boost (my final five radiation treatments). I received 33 total radiation treatments. I also saw my radiation oncologist once a week.

      My tumor was in the left breast, so I received intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT takes extra precautions to protect the heart and lung. My radiation was divided into 11 fields that were zapped one at a time as the machine pivoted around me.

      I started burning and blistering during the fifth week. At home and during the night, I slathered myself with Vitamin A&D ointment, which my radiation oncologist confirmed was comparable to Aquaphor (both are greasy). During the day (after treatment) I wore Curel Intensive Healing. I also wore loose sports bras. In general my pain didn't get higher than a 2 out of 10 (I was briefly at 3 on the last day). All pain was gone five days after I finished treatment and my skin was healed within two weeks.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      For me, radiation was a breeze compared to chemo. I didn't feel any side effects until I had 5 treatments sitting up with my breast squished in a mammogram machine twice daily for 20 minute intervals. I felt like I had the queen mother of sunburns, and that healed up pretty quickly. My back itched a lot during treatment, but I didn't hurt much otherwise, and I didn't blister that much. My oncologist comment on how red I was at the end and made me wait to take my Tamoxifen until I healed. I still have a little damage in the affected area and some permanent tissue loss. As for getting the treatments themselves, it's painless and more of an inconvenience. The longest appointment I had with them except for those 5 days of sitting up radiation,was when they tattoed me and put my first patches on. I had to be careful not to scrub the patches off in the shower and needed to replace them from time to time due to wearing out. I rubbed Aquafor on my breast, armpit, and chest daily and saw my radiation oncologist weekly. At home I wore worn out bras and raggedy T-shirts and night gowns as under garmentst to protect my clothes and nice night gowns. If you don't have a worn out bra, you can buy a bakini whose top ties at the neck and back. This way, you have something to support you and is completely adjustable! HUGS and God bless.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lujos' Avatar

      I had exactly the same chemo drug regime as you, followed by what they call here "hypo fractionated" radiation, which is an accelerated treatment used a lot in Europe. I had 15 zaps followed by 3 boost doses.

      I really had no side effects, other than a rash and burn around my collar bone, as they also treated the internal mammary and supraclavicle lymph nodes (had 2 positive axillary nodes). The burn continued to get worse for about a week post rads, and was quite itchy and sore.

      I applied my magic calendula balm twice a day, and it cleared up in about a week.

      So all in all, not bad!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      I have two things to add to what everyone else has said: 1. Wear clothes you don't mind ruining when they mark you up with a sharpie. They warned me to wear black that day, but I didn't think about the bra. It ended up covered with black streaks, and it was really cute before. (Insert sad face) 2. If you experience the beginnings of blistering and itching, ask for the samples of the good stuff the nurses keep hidden in a drawer. There are MUCH more effective products than OTC lotions and creams, but they're stingy with them at my radiation clinic. I actually overheard a nurse saying she keeps a stash In her own kitchen drawer for accidental oven burns! While withholding them from the cancer patients. SMH. We have to advocate for ourselves, so if the aquafor isn't sufficient, ask for a sample of a prescription product.

      almost 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      @Myungclas, would you please share with us the name of this "good stuff"?

      Thank you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I had a very similar regime (dose dense treatment of A/C, taxol; then double mastectomy surgery; then radiation for 5-6 weeks). Radiation made me tired. No nausea, just bone-deep exhaustion. I worked 1/2 time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar

      You'll also have to stop using any aluminum based deodorant during your radiation treatment.

      almost 5 years ago
    • janelly911's Avatar

      I used a cream called "My Girls". Loved it. Also 100% Emu oil is wonderful and soothing. My Doc prescribed a burn cream as well. :))

      almost 5 years ago

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