• What will happen with radiation? How bad will I feel? Will I be able to run, work the horses and dogs, work?

    Asked by torystory on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    What will happen with radiation? How bad will I feel? Will I be able to run, work the horses and dogs, work?

    pre-surgical appointment today at 12:15, received dx of DCIS (no staging?)yesterday.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      When I had radiation many years ago, I had no side effects other than occasional slight fatigue. I worked and did everything else I had been previously doing. Other than the inconvenience of going to my daily radiation appointment, it was way easier than chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had radiation 24 years ago, no problems at all, a little sore throat. I worked right through it, never stopped. Then again I had radiation 3 years ago, this time it was much harder on me, severe burning on the skin, like bad sun burn, except it turned almost black/dark brown. Sores in my mouth, killed my saliva glands, now dry mouth. I did loose the hair where I was radiated (back of head, under arms, chest.) but still it's much, much, easier than chemo, at least for me.
      Good luck to you

      over 4 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      Dosages of radiation and length and the size of radiation area and location all impact one's ability to act "normally" during radiation. I had 33 treatments on a large field that covered left mastcomy area and under my arm. Below is my experience:

      During radiation, I walked almost every day, trail rode several times, lounged my horse, trained my new boxer puppy (as much as a layman like myself can train a willful dog like Maggie), and worked 1/2 time.

      Like chemo, there is a high price for OVER doing the physical activity. For example, an old exercise buddy came over and we walked eight miles. Afterward, I became physically very sick and spent the next two days in bed.

      During exercise, I wrapped my chest in a large ace bandage to prevent irritating the radiation burns under my arm.

      over 4 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      Ditto! Radiation was a walk in the park. Toward the end I had one burn on my shoulder that was pretty painful, but other than that, no side effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hi I'm into my 4th week of radiation monday through friday and it's mainly fatigue. The feeling of being tired and wanting to sleep. Fortunately my appointments are scheduled in the afternoon after 5 pm so once I get home and nap for a bit I can then eat dinner and it's bedtime. I'm also on chemo, and for that it's been mild nausea and vomiting. All in all keeping busy...just not overdoing it.....is good for you. Keeps your mind away from the tiredness and any other symptoms. But know your limit, when you need to rest, you need to rest.

      over 4 years ago

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