• What to expect from pelvic radiation? My wife just ended her second of six of weeks of pelvic radiation.

    Asked by PPaseka on Saturday, January 7, 2012

    What to expect from pelvic radiation? My wife just ended her second of six of weeks of pelvic radiation.

    We are still having intercourse to help with vaginal stennouses. They did give her a dilator, but she is not thrilled about using it. Any suggestions to help her get through this? She is also doing chemo once a week.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had radiation for rectal cancer and although it's slightly different, I would imagine some of the same issues also occur.

      The first couple of weeks were fine. Radiation treatments are cumulative so as the weeks go on, the side effects get worse. In fact, the week after my treatments were over was my worst week.

      I had some pelvic issues from the rectal radiation including swelling, welts on my labia, painful urination and I actually went into menopause.

      The best thing to do is to treat each symptom as it comes up. Don't think a symptom is too little to be addressed because it may just bother her a little today but by tomorrow it may be much worse.

      It's also important to do really good skin care as the skin can be burned and it that area, it's really bad.

      Good Luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • PPaseka's Avatar

      Have you had long term after effects from the radiation to the vaginal area?

      almost 5 years ago
    • created's Avatar

      PPaseka, I had endometrial cancer. I had both external and internal radiation. When I told my doctor we had intercourse around three times a week, he did not even give me a dilator. I have had absolutely no problems. Another thing I was advised to do was drink a lot of water. I got up to 14 glasses a day. I never even had a urinary tract infection. By the way, I hate water so I put a glass with a straw in it by the kitchen sink. Every time I passed it, I would fill it up and suck it down. I hope this helps. God bless you both.

      almost 3 years ago

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