About to Begin Radiation Treatments

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About to Begin Radiation Treatments

by Floss55 on Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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I am about to begin radiation treatments, need to hear from someone who has undergone the same thing.  Had a lumpectomy, now getting ready to do 34 treatments of radiation.  What am I to expect during and after several treatments?  Will I be able to continue to work(teacher), while being treated?

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by Floss55 on Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 8/25/2007 Floss-55 wrote:

I am about to begin radiation treatments, need to hear from someone who has undergone the same thing.  Had a lumpectomy, now getting ready to do 34 treatments of radiation.  What am I to expect during and after several treatments?  Will I be able to continue to work(teacher), while being treated?

 

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by Ritamarie on Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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I had no side effects when I took the radiation.  I had to take care of my skin for the "sunburn" but that was it.  I was not tired and did not have pain anywhere.  I think you should be able to continue working during your treatments.   I was a UPS driver and I felt I could have worked during treatments.  I had to take the treatment 150 miles from my home so that option was out.  Good luck.  Rita

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by kim50 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:00 AM

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I completed 33 radiation treatments to my neck in June.  I worked most of the time.  I left about an hour early each day to go get my treatment.  I found that I got a little tired towards afternoon but only rarely did I feel like I really needed to go home and nap.

  The month after the radiation was worse for me than the radiation.  I had some very tired days that would hit around noon, lost my voice for 2 days, light headedness and rash... these all occured starting about a week after it was all over. Keep in mind, this was neck radiation.

  I had a co-worker who had breast radiation and she worked all through her radiation ... about 3/4 days.  She went for treatment in the am.  Her only problem was the sunburn.  Ask if you can trial sample a few creams before you start.  Silvadene actually caused me to break down more.  I got some called Rad X online ... it was kind of pricey, but I think it helped and I used it from the start.  If you trial a few on other parts of your body, you might avoid a bad reaction.

  Looking back, it really wan't all that bad. It is a scary stressful thing to go through, but you will get through.

RE: About to Begin Radiation Treatments

by Floss55 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thank you so much for your response to my message.  I'm in my 5th week of radiation treatments and everything is fine.  Some reddness and a little discomfort at times, but nothing to really fuss about.  I thank GOD everyday.
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