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    Radiation (External radiation ): I was 51 when I underwent 6 weeks of daily pelvic radiation for rectal cancer. Although my radiation oncologist scrupulously informed me of every possible side effect, he did not tell me that this would put me into menopause. I was menstruating regularly before this treatment and never had another period afterwards. Knowing this would not have caused me to decline the treatment, but it did seem like a glaring omission in otherwise thorough disclosures. I have the feeling my radiation oncologist was not comfortable talking about this.

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      Hi. I had radiation for rectal cancer as well and my ovaries were fried. When my radiation oncologist asked me if I had children and I said no, he turned almost pale. He told me the radiation would basically "fry" my ovaries and I would probably go into menopause. He couldn't be certain if it would be permanent menopause or not. I finished radiation at the end of September 2011 and I haven't had a period in over a year. Now I deal with hot flashes and all the wonderful side effects of menopause. I know I could have had surgery to have my ovaries moved but at the time, I was just so upset I had cancer, I just wasn't interested. Menopause didn't seem so bad if I was going to live. Overall, I'm doing OK. Hot flashes and night sweats can be annoying. I am sorry you weren't given this piece of information.

      about 4 years ago
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      Hi Ruth,

      I was also Stage IIIA, and am 2 1/2 years out from diagnoses & 1 1/2 years from my last surgery. And am cancer free -yay! I'm just wondering did you have surgery and/or chemo or only radiation? I would be interested in what side effects you are dealing with this far out, if you don't mind discussing. I did the 6 weeks of radiation, and ended up having a hysterectomy, which was fine with me, cause I was 50 at the time, and already in the beginnings of menopause, plus 2 rounds of chemo, pre & post op, plus surgery. I did the night sweats, hot flashes, etc, at the time, and thought I was done, but recently have started hot flashing again. I know this can go on for years...I'm kind of reassured that my body is getting back to normal, but that doesn't make it any less irritating!

      almost 4 years ago
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