• Radiation Therapy

    Asked by rick_72 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Radiation Therapy

    I just finished my 6 session of chemo therapy and now will be going to a 3 weeks 5 times a week radiation treatment. The radiation doctor said that there is a slight chance that my liver, kidney and other vital organs might get effected although he always said that they will do everything they can for the treatment to be safe. He also told me that fertility is also in slight jeopardy. He kept saying that i should not worry so much but then and again he'll say something later that nothing is certain. Has anyone had a 3 weeks 5 times a week radiation therapy? Any advise will be greatly appreciated. Should i be worried because i know for a fact that excessive exposure to radiation is detrimental to the body. I'm afraid that this might create another cancer.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      We have no experience with radiation therapy. But, here is a booklet from the National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/radiation-therapy-and-you

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi Rick! I went to radiation 5x a week for 7 weeks after lumpectomy the first time I had breast cancer. The only side effect at the time was that I was tired. My skin did not burn, so I was lucky.

      But a few years after that, I learned I had thyroid problems...and had a partial thyroidectomy. Then a few years later than that, I got breast cancer again in that same breast. Whether this is related to my first breast cancer is debatable, as although they occurred in the same breast, they had different markers.

      So--Thyroid and a second breast cancer after radiation? Who knows whether they were results of my radiation? I don't think even the docs know the answer.

      I am ok with that, though, because I chose to do the radiation, thinking it was the best option for me at the time. It DID keep me clean for 9 years--which is significant to me.

      I think you'll have to make your own choice. I don't know how radiation affects your time of cancer. I wish you the best!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Whoops! TYPO! "...your TYPE of cancer..."

      almost 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Rick I had radiation 6 weeks 24 years ago, then 4 years ago had 5 weeks of it. there is always the possiblility of a recurrence, but whose to say what its caused from? I've had two of them. No one can tell me why, I've asked. If they knew what caused it, then they could keep it from happening. But the way I look at it, is if I hadn't had the first treatment, the cancer would have killed me anyway. It's just a part of what we have to deal with. As far as worrying about it, please don't, worrying never solves anything, only consumes energy and time, besides, what can you do about it? Think positive, the radiation is your friend, killing the cancer, and you will be clean in 3 weeks.
      Best of luck to you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Last year, I had 7 weeks of radiation, 5x per week. I'm left with like, no saliva, and my mouth is pretty raw and temperature sensitive. I'm doing 10 sessions now to my back for bone mets, and that's going okay. I like the comments that said what the alternative could've been. I know, the price to pay isn't the best, but I'm not ready for the alternative yet.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had 6 weeks of radiation X5/week. But it was for breast cancer so none of the organs you mentioned were in the field of radiation.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I would not worry too much about radiation causing more cancer. I have never heard about that happening. They are pretty accurate about hitting the spot. Last winter I had 39 treatments 5x week for a tumor that mad grown through my trachea. The part of the tumor in the trachea was surgically removed but the part out side had to be killed by radiation. They said I would have trouble swallowing and gave me meds to help. I really didn't need them as they aimed well enough to avoid the problem. What you were told they have to tell you even if the probability is negligible be. cause it could happen and federal law says they have to tell you about anything that could go wrong. You might get skin irritation and drying from the radiation but they can give lotion for that. You can do this and radiation really does kill cancer. Good luck.

      almost 6 years ago
    • rick_72's Avatar

      thank you all for answering my question, i really appreciate it.

      almost 6 years ago

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