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    Tips on what to expect from Radiation Therapy?

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      Harmony

      Hi moss13. Sometimes hearing stories can be frightening. Don't be. Just have an open mind & claim your healing and know that this is another step towards improving your health. (I had breast cancer) As you've read, everyone's experience varies with some similarities. I experienced some nausea which my Radiation Oncologist swore had nothing to with Radiation but look at the responses of many who claim the same experience. Anyhow, I did get fatigue and a year later I still do. I did burn but no pain or blistering. I have a tattoo on the treated side which was no longer visible at the end of treatment. Good News! Immediately after treatment ends you will see the healing begin. At least I did. All the burn began to just peel off leaving the "tan" they mention. Loose fitting cotton clothing (T-shirts) is best to keep the treated area free & cool. Anything that becomes questionable, be sure to bring up to your Radiation Team. Look forward to ringing that Victory Bell! Prayers for a non-incidental treatment and a speedy recovery. HUGS!

      about 2 years ago
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      Ejourneys

      More answers here (this is different from Greg's link and is another recent question thread about radiation):
      https://www.whatnext.com/questions/what-to-expect-from-radiation-treatments

      Am down to my final three radiation treatments. I wish you all the best of luck!

      about 2 years ago
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      cam32505

      For 18 treatments, it sounds like they might be radiating the whole area around the lymph node, then do some direct hits to the lymph node. Since it sounds like the lymph node is in the abdoman, I can tell you to expect some intestinal irritaion (diarrhia) and some burning to the skin where they do the radiation. The radiation isn't painful until the skin is burned. So, ask for some special cream for the skin and ask when is the proper time to use it so as not to interfere with your treatment. Good luck.

      about 2 years ago
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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): I have been dealing with anxiety since the surgery and the fears of the cancer coming back. I had my 3 month CT Scan and blood tests. They all came back clear so that was a relief but I can't help but worry about what the future holds. I was fortunate that my cancer was caught early and my oncologist and I have agreed to not to rush into radiation as there were no signs that my cancer had spread. It was removed with surgery. We are doing what is called "surveillance" so keeping a close eye on things with frequent blood tests and ct scans. I have cleared the first one and will have more blood tests in November and another ct scan in February.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Removal of testicle): I was out of work for 6 weeks while I healed up. While I feel the surgery went as well as can be expected, since the surgery I just don't have the energy and stamina I used to before the surgery. A blood test showed my testosterone is lower than normal range. It is frustrating because I like to be active in outdoor recreation like camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I found a lump while showering one morning getting ready for work. It was not painful but it did not feel normal so I went to the doctor the following day. He ordered an ultrasound and then I went to a urologist and he said I need to have surgery right away. That was 3 days later and I had my left testicle removed. Very stressful as I was feeling great up until the diagnosis and then fear and stress took over.