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    Radiation

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      Jayne

      Hi, Molly. I'm not sure about radiation but I've read that having chemo can induce a secondary cancer. I have experienced this with a malignant melanoma on my cheek following many years of chemo and radiation for colon cancer.

      14 days ago
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      Thanks Jayne!
      I did receive 3 rounds of chemo at the same time.

      13 days ago
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      I was told that one treatment for one type of cancer can lead to other cancer diagnoses down the road. But of course they can't tell us for sure if we will, or what type, or really anything else. My first oncologist told me at my last check-up with him that I was in good shape now, but if cancer comes back for the third time that it would be "difficult to control". Thanks, Doc, great to hear!!

      I was diagnosed 18 years after that last check-up, who knows if it was related to the previous radiation and chemo?

      13 days ago
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    thyroid issues since treatments are over?

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      cards7up

      What chemo were you on? I had thinning hair but not falling out in clumps. It still does to this day and that was 5 years ago. So it's possible it's from the chemo.

      10 months ago
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      Kebohs

      I lost hair the bottom third of my scalp from the radiation. My hair grew back completely but the radiation did mess up my thyroid. This is common. Make sure you take your thyroid pill with s full glass of water and to not take any other pills or food for at least a half hour. I leave mine in my nightstand to I take it first thing in the morning. I did not have chemo. I’m almost 5 years out now.

      10 months ago
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      Molly5

      Thanks so much for your feed back. Kebohs- I also keep my medication on my night stand so it will be taken on an empty stomach. I'll make sure to take more water with it. Cards7 I was taking Cisplatin. My hair doesn't fall out in clumps but I can make a tumble weed of hair when I am done combing. It seems to be getting better. I just want to take a shower and wash my hair daily like I used to. I feel if I did that I would have really thin hair as that's when I lose the most.
      dkatsmeow I will try that shampoo out. Glad you didn't lose your hair. I am being treated for hypothyroidism. Before treatment my number was always normal. Live with cancer and Greg- Hope my numbers level off.
      Thanks again everyone for your input. It's nice to have a community to go to that has had similar issues.

      10 months ago
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