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    Radiation (External radiation ): had an infection still from surgery, r.o eventually prescribed clindamycin and more than half way through rads I am getting better, My skin also burned a lot, maybe because the skin was already stretched through swelling, but now after the antibiotics and using Domeboro soaks my skin looks great, hope it lasts! I am not working now as friction was too uncomfortable. Did not get tired yet! I have done 12 zaps with 8 to go and feeling optimistic for the first time in a long time

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    Radiation (External radiation ): half way through 20 sessions, am on clindamycin for the ongoing infection, cant tell if its really working as I am now red and swollen prob from the rads now. Will see the radio onco today ....stopped work yesterday, just toooooooo uncomfortable, wish it wasnt 100% today as I dont want to sizzle an already sizzled breast!!!

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    kate56 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    has anyone had the 4 weeks of rad treatment at a higher dosage as opposed to the regular 6 week session?

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      raven

      I had 4 weeks of radiation after chemo and surgery to treat Inflammatory Breast cancer. I have to say that I came through it with few problems. I rode my bike to the hospital twice a day for treatment (about 5 mile round trip). I took a few naps, but had none of the fatigue that can happen. My skin also held up very well. My radiology technician told me that in 15 years my skin was in the top 5 and that usually when it looked that good they would want too do more. A year and one half out my skin is still looking great (compared to rest of my 61 year old skin). The four week plan worked great for me.

      over 4 years ago
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      grandmaof2

      Kate, I had the 16 radiation treatments at a double dose instead of the 6 weeks. I was told by my rad onc that this treatment has been used in Canada for some time. I had a choice to do the traditional treatment of 6 weeks or to do the 3.5 weeks at a double dose of radiation. Research has found that there is no significant difference between these two plans. I didn't seem to have a problem with it, but this is the first time I've been through this. Four or five days after the treatments were done, I did develop a sever redness and blistering of the skin under my breast. As this all occurred right before Christmas, I went back to my rad onc to make sure it was a normal reaction and not some infection setting in. He said it was perfectly normal and advised me to use a half water/half peroxide mixture to dab the blisters and help dry them out, then use the Aquaphor salve several times a day to keep the skin soft and protected.

      I would say that doing the 4 week treatment suited me just fine as I was all done two weeks earlier than I thought I would be. Good luck with your treatment. Let us know what you decide.

      over 4 years ago
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      Caroclara

      I was offered the 4 week treatment in Massachusetts, the doc said it's standard now. I asked my surgeon and she wasn't so sure, she's in Boston. She researched it and was all for it saying that "Boston doctors are slow to change." But I had my radiation in Florida as I go there in the winter and they did the 6 weeks, but I would definitely have done the 4 weeks if I was in Massachusetts. You can Google it, the outcomes are the same.

      over 4 years ago
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    thanks for response. My pain is like a very tender sunburned feeling which doesnt improve, I suppose I am impatient and am told its normal but is this how you would describe your pain after surgery?Makes the everyday things hard but not impossible and I have been convinced of the wisdom of taking my Vicodin regularly which I have been reluctant to do. Let me know if you have any advice for making myself more comfortable ,as i have a full work week starting tomorrow ,thanks

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy): procedure went well, incision scars healed up but have swelling and pain all the time on the underside and inside of my breast shows no sign of abating 3 weeks post op