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    Decision Point: After my 20th radiation and 8 weeks of chemo, I ended up in the hospital. I had made up my mind that I WAS NOT going to take any more radiation. My oncologist sat me down and told me," radiation gives ya more bang for your buck". I believe between God and radiation, I'm cancer free.

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    Side Effects (Bone fracture or break): I had a allergic reaction to one of the chemo's, it landed me in the hospital over night. A year after treatment I fractured my left lower leg. I had to have a rod and 2 screws to fix it. I continue to have pain from the leg, not sure if the cancer treatment has magnified the side effects of the fracture. I wish I had taken vitamins for the bones. I guess I thought I wouldn't survive the cancer and did not do somethings I should have like vitamins and exercise. One thing that I did do right was DRINK LOTS OF WATER!

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I had lymph nodes along the esophagus involved so about the 20th treatment I was having swallowing problems, my skin was burned up. I ended up in the hospital with vomiting then pneumonia, so by time I got out, I went right back into treatment and did well. I'm a RN also, so I knew how staying hydrated would make a difference, that was the best thing any one taking radiation can do. DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!!!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy and radiation combined): I was tired before treatment, because of the cancer. I was tired all the time and did almost nothing once I started treatment. I was set up for 40 radiation treatments. Monday through Friday for 8 weeks. I took chemo once a week, but was given 2 different chemos partial doses while I was taking radiation.