• Will be having 5 treatments of radiation for 5 weeks in September when I finish Taxol.

    Asked by pinklady on Monday, July 16, 2012

    Will be having 5 treatments of radiation for 5 weeks in September when I finish Taxol.

    How does radiation work and affect you ?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Do you mean 5 days/week for 5 weeks or a total of 5 treatments over the course over 5 weeks? The former is pretty much the standard protocol. There will probably be some set up appointments to take some scans and photos, do some measurements, etc. The daily radiation treatments simply require you to lie still while the designated area are irradiated. Depending on the amount of radiation and the location of the field(s) they may or may not use a breath hold technique. Each treatment can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on the defined field(s). The most common side effect is radiation burn to the skin. Your radiation oncologist will talk to about why your may and may not use on your skin. Some people also experience fatigue, but typically it is minor as compared with chemo fatigue.

      almost 9 years ago
    • pinklady's Avatar

      ty for the help.. if I understood thr dr. it is every day /five days a week for 5 weeks. I remember this because I drive 2 hrs for chemo every week and asked him if I could do the radiation where I live and he agreed.

      almost 9 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      I always say that radiation was a walk in the park compared to chemo, especially if you're able to go to a close-by center!

      almost 9 years ago
    • troache's Avatar

      My girlfriend is completing this treatment schedule for Glioblastoma tomorrow and she handled it very well other than a a blood clot in her leg for the most part it went well. The keys to remember is eat what you can and plenty of fluids and a laxative as needed for the constipation caused by the chemo drug. And one thing that help her that is taken for granted I kept her smiling and reminded her that God wasn't ready for her. Keep smiling and have faith.

      almost 9 years ago
    • LeeAnna's Avatar

      I have anal cancer and chemo was a walk in the park compared to my radiation. My radiation was 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Listen to your radiation oncologist, whatever they tell you to do, do it. I made it through it, keep your thoughts positive and good luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • sbeck08's Avatar

      I haven't had chemo so I don't have anything to compare it too but radiation was pretty easy. I just layed down on a table and let the machine do it's thing. I was pretty tired afterward and I couldn't drive or work but I also had it done to my brain. Just keep your head up and keep the faith!!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Scheryl's Avatar

      Radiation was a non-event compared to chemo. The entire treatment takes about 30 minutes and most of that time is taken being sure you are in the correct position. I did have skin burns at the very end, but mostly an inconvenience. Just be sure to use the lotions your radiology team recommends. Good luck.

      almost 9 years ago

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