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    evelyn1956 asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    i have finished my six months of chemo and i start radiation august 14, 2012 i was wondering if it makes you sick

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      CarolLHRN

      I had radiation for rectal cancer. The radiation didn't make me sick but I started to have localized issues such burning at the site and intense diarrhea. My ovaries also got "cooked" so I went into early menopause. The radiation team was outstanding on providing me care as each symptom came up. You can also take a break from radiation for a few days if you need to.

      The procedure itself is easy. I was tattooed (I freaked out but they are little tiny dots you can barely see) so I could be lined up every day. Once I was lined up the machine went around me twice and I was done. The machine moving only took 73 seconds (I counted). I was able to wear work clothes every day and just slip my pants down low enough for the team to see the tattoos. I brought my iPod everyday but the team found out I liked Jim Buffett and had that music playing for me every morning.

      Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.

      about 4 years ago
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      packerbacker

      I had radiation to the left side of my neck for 7 weeks. I still have dry mouth really bad, but it does get better for some. I got a little redness on my neck, but daily cream helped with that. Probably the biggest thing for me was the fatigue. I slept a lot. So, my side effects weren't so bad. The saliva thing sucks, but it could have been worse. I didn't get any sores or real burns to my neck. It's different for everyone. I hope you get through it with minimal side effects. Good luck!

      about 4 years ago
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      Lirasgirl33

      I went through radiation and chemo at the same time for about 8 weeks. It was tough but I made it through. I found ways to deal with each side effect as it came along. I made sure to let my medical team know about all side effects I was experiencing and they gave me meds or helpfull info on dealing with each. I also went onto the National Cancer Institute website and requested printed material regarding how to manage side effects and nutrition. I highly recommend you do this. It's free! :) Side effects vary from person to person but fortunatelly there are ways to manage or minimize most. Wish you all the best.

      about 4 years ago
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    i have finished 6 months of chemo and will be starting radiation on august 14, 2012 does radiation make you sick ?

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      DaveWaz

      This would be a great question to post in our Questions section. Additionally, here is a link to the radiation page on the American Cancer Society's website: http://bit.ly/Px1Zr0. It provides a good overview and includes a radiation side effects worksheet. I hope this helps. Keep strong - you can do this.

      about 4 years ago
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      DorkGoddess

      I received 2 rounds of radiation....one in lower abdomen, the other upper abdomen. I experienced upper and lower gastrointestinal pains, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and bloating. Lots of weary tired and exhaustion. But everyone reacts differently. I never had anything of the external side effects. But some people do have what looks like a sun burn. Sending you good vibes and well wishes!

      about 4 years ago
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      DorkGoddess

      I received 2 rounds of external radiation and 2 rounds of internal radiation.

      about 4 years ago
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