• Were you able to work during radiation?

    Asked by crudd123 on Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Were you able to work during radiation?

    I'm starting radiation March 11th and I'm going to try to work through it! Were you able to do it? Thanks!

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, I was fortunate that my radiation center was close and actually on the way to work, and I was able to schedule morning appointments and then went to work from there. There were a couple of times that they had equipment or scheduling issues and I ended up being a bit later to work, but over all it worked out great.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I was able to the first time 24 years ago, didn't slow down at all, had hardly no side effects. This last time 4 years ago, I had several side effects, fatigue being one of them. I done ok until about 3 in the afternoon, then it was nappy time. I would either have a nap on my desk, or just go home. It's sad when I could tell you what time Oprah and Ellen come on in the afternoon.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I worked through Dx and Tx....bialt, chemo, rads....I work in the schools...I started radiation during summer vacation, but the last half was after the school year started...I scheduled radiation at the end of the day.....fatigure was the biggest side effect, so after work, I pretty much vegged out at night.....but work was very doable for me....

      over 3 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I worked 6 hours a day only because I had to leave early to make my appointments. Towards the end I was very fatigued by the end of the work day.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Nope - It completely drained me. My treatments were scheduled for 9 AM, and there were several individuals leaving for work after their appointments, the center opened at 7, as I was getting there every day. So I guess it depends on the individual.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I worked from home and this was key to the logistical issue of slathering on tons of greasy lotion after each treatment: I wanted to wear old sweats and t-shirts for comfort and also because I didn't want to ruin all my clothes.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I am retired from the business world but I babysit 2 days a week for my great grandchildren (Ages 4 & 1). I was able to babysit through chemo and radiation. I had an 8 AM appointment for Radiation and was out of there before 8:30. I did have fatigue but I also had a husband nearby. Everyone is different and it is amazing what you can do with the strength of a positive attitude. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar

      I was able to work through it. I am very lucky that my bosses were very understanding. In fact, they pushed me to take time off. I scheduled my appointments for 3 and then went home afterwards. Sometimes I would go back if I needed to but it was nice to have the option of going home and taking a nap if I needed it.

      over 3 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      While my husband cannot always work from his office, and has to work from home while on chemo, radiation is a breeze and he simply goes every morning on his way to to his office. I personally look at radiation as time off for me as I don't have to take him.

      over 3 years ago

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