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    Radiation Tips

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      Ashera

      I bought 6 XL mens white cotton t-shirts that I slept in. I used aquafor greasy cream all the time - per radiologist instructions - and a special compounded cream i ordered online. These cotton shirts - I didn't care what happened to them and they were loose and comfortable. I started burning a couple of weeks before the end - and then the last week those burns were bad and painful. The radiation nurses gave me a type of self-stick thick bandage-type dressing that they cut to put where skin met skin - like under my arm and under the crease in my breast - and that helped. I think I was truly really uncomfortable only a week or so after the radiation was over. It's all cumulative. It'll be at it's worst - towards the end and a week or so afterwards - then...it gets all better. Do NOT try to wear a bra - even if the band size is much larger than you would normally wear - you do not want it around the radiation field. Easy to layer big tshirts and flannel shirts if it's cool - or other shirts. Best of luck!

      20 days ago
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      I had 33 rounds of radiation to my left breast after mastectomy. I did not have chemo, but the radiation treatments themselves wasn't bad at all. A couple days before the first treatment they will "fit" you and mark your body (tattoos) for where the field of radiation will cover. Then you just show up at your appointed time and it doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes for the whole procedure each day. I teach and I worked all day than went to my treatment each afternoon. I did burn, and got some wonderful ointments and pads from my radiation nurses - ask them. Good luck.

      14 days ago
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      The radiation gets ramped up the last few treatments so be sure to keep up with any lotions your doc recommends. I didn't and my skin was fried by the end. Luckily it heals vert rapidly.

      11 days ago
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      SueRae1

      Congrats on finishing chemo. I kept my port in for a year. It needs to flushed every 6-8 weeks, and when I stopped getting blood work that often, and kept it up for a few months, but after having to have flushed between scans every 12 weeks, it became a hassle to get it done, even when I didn't have to make special trip down to the hospital. I took it out after the last clean scan celebrating 1 year in remission. I might have kept in longer if other areas of the hospital where able to access the port for tests etc But only the infusion center, ER, and the in patient hospital floor staff could access the port. It's literally and figuratively pain to have them inject the dyes and nuclear medicine through a pick line in my wrist.

      about 1 month ago
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      Congratulations. I feel you SueRae 1. I'm more fortunate than you in that I can have my port flushed, either at the infusion center or the local hospital as an outpatient. I love my port. This is the 2nd time around for me. The first time I had it taken out immediately but since then my veins have have become more difficult to access. This time, it's two years and counting.

      about 1 month ago
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      banditwalker

      I kept mine after all treatments were done for another 4 months. And actually that was only because I had forgotten it was an option. I was very busy at the time.

      about 1 month ago
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    Chemo Brain

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      geekling

      Food can be made 'clean' by rinsing thoroughly and then by a soak in lemon juice or vinegar & water for 5-10 minutes.
      Whole foods without a peel ought to be purchased from organic suppliers.

      I had terrible bouts of forgetfulness and inability to concentrate until I took anti inflammatory herbs as tea. I drank 4 cups per day for quite some time.

      Im much better but far less than I was prior to the trauma(s).

      3 months ago
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      akwendi

      I finished chemo in March. Yes, chemo brain is a thing. It will come and go. The best thing I can recommend is to force yourself to do one things at a time (I'm a multi-tasker at heart). When I did this, I had a much easier time and didn't get so frustrated with myself. Everyone was so supportive. It will get better!

      3 months ago
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      dianalynn

      I was on tamoxifen for one year. I was in a fog the whole time.

      3 months ago