• Radiation Tx & Ability to Work?

    Asked by PCa_2015 on Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Radiation Tx & Ability to Work?

    I was wondering if people could tell me about their experience with aggressive radiation tx and its impact on work, such as driving to treatment, driving to and from work, cognitive ability at work, fatigue, etc? Did some people have to quit work or take off a lot of time?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      For me, work was out of the question.

      Others react differently.

      over 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      I had to leave work. Not back yet. Maybe linked to type of work you do etc. But if you have difficulties it's not like you just having a normal day. Side effects have to be understood. I hope you are one of the ones who tolerate well. But mine was also from chemo and surgery. External radiation was tougher than anything for me. A friend of mine had radiation for prostate and was fatigued but no cognitive changes. Didn't work through it.

      over 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I wasn't working at the time. It accumulates in your body and extreme fatigue will kick in. I was taking 3-4 naps a day towards the end of my 35 treatments, and it took a good month after I was finished before I didn't need to sleep so much.

      over 5 years ago
    • billaron's Avatar
      billaron

      I worked through both chemo and radiation, although I did build in naps to my schedule after lunch. Frequent acupuncture also helped.

      over 5 years ago
    • mustangray's Avatar
      mustangray

      I'm into the last week of 8 weeks of radiation treatments. The only side effect so far is just a little radiation burn. I exercise and eat right which has worked for me.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I've had radiation twice in my life and worked right through both times, 20 years apart.

      over 5 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      I didn't realize until I started radiation that there were different types:( I know naive, right?!?! BUT I had no issues w my radiation for MM. Mine was more of a pain management radiation. And YES it WORKED! I could barely walk thought I needed a wheelchair within a month or so kind of pain!! My daughter drove me the first time, and then I did the rest!!!! I don't remember ANY side effects! I was so grateful I could maintain my independence and drive myself!! Everyone was trying to "help" me TOO MUCH! And I could show them I was strong by doing that:))

      over 5 years ago

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