• What types of radiation did you undergo during your cancer treatments?

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Monday, November 26, 2012

    What types of radiation did you undergo during your cancer treatments?

    Personally, I was straight chemo for 12 weeks.

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I didn't have rads. I did chemo every 21 days for 6 sessions. I was more scared of rads than chemo and super relieved when I didn't need it, although as you know, chemo is no picnic!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had external radiation following 4 months of chemo treatments over 4 months and 5 surgeries. I think it was 29 treatments 5 days/week over the course of 6-7 weeks.

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Last November, I got 7 weeks, 5 days a week's worth of radiation to the left side of my face. Now, I have dry mouth really bad as the worst of the side effects. Then, this year, I had 10 radiation treatments to the tumor on my lower spine. I got chemo the first time, and get weekly chemo now. Hopefully, a scan within the next 2 weeks will reveal an improvement and no new growths!

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      After bilateral mastectomies and chemo I had radiation for seven weeks (one was a week of "boosts." The radiation made me really tired; I never burned very badly.

      over 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      After Bilateral Masect and 8 sessions of Chemo, I had radiation for 7 weeks (5 days per week) -- I had to take a week off during treatment to heal somewhat as I got some severe burns. I was glad to have it end -- it took some time to regain my energy -- and healing from the radiation is also a lengthy process.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had 6 weeks of radiation treatment on m left breast for 5 days a week - a total of 30 treatments after my lumpectomy. I did not have chemo for the breast cancer at that point as I was on Oral Chemo (Afinitor) for my Kidney cancer, and the oncologists did not want to disrupt that treatment. I had started Afinitor 4 months before my stage 1 trip neg was diagnosed, and no one knew how well it would work. I had be on Sutent for 7 month when it stopped working. Turns out the Afinitor keep my cancer stable for 2 years, then we discovered the breast cancer metastasized so no I'm on infusion therapy which is reducing the breast cancer and keeping basically keeping the Kidney cancer stable.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I received external radiation treatment to my upper and lower abdomen 5 days a week for a total of 8 weeks. I was also getting chemo once a week during that period of time. After completing external radiation, I was admitted to the hospital for 2 days and received 4 sessions of internal radiation (HDR Brachytherapy). After all this radiation the doc wanted me to go for another 4 cycles of chemo. I was only able to complete 2. Since through all that, the cancer still metastisized, the doc recommended 6 cycles of chemo. I have completed 4 of those already. I'm hoping for the best.

      over 8 years ago
    • Jennew's Avatar

      I had the the balloon catheter device. The Radiation treatments started on the following Monday at 7:30 am for about 5 min. the next on same day at 3:00pm 5 min again. They gave me a cat scan before each treatment to be sure placement was correct. This was from April 9th till April 13th. They removed the device after the last treatment Friday the 13th and I was not in store for what happened next. The doctor removed it with out any pain relief or anesthesia. Just deflated the balloon, twisted it and yanked it out! OMG that was painful. I felt the blood rush from my face and gush out my breast. They said that was the easiest way??? The skin starts to grow over the device. That's why they twist it. Yikes!

      over 8 years ago
    • babylady317's Avatar

      I had 36 radiation treatments with LinearAccelerator machine and boost treatments at the end. When I first saw the huge machine the seriousness of what I was going through overwhelmed me. Then I decided I was fortunate to have this huge machine as my weapon against cancer. During the treatments every day I would pray for others I know who are fighting cancer.

      over 8 years ago

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