Radiation treatments

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Radiation treatments

by Jeanette_S_1 on Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:00 AM

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I recently had a lumpectomy. The doctors are telling me that I must have 6 weeks of radiation, even though they found no other cancer in my lymph nodes or in my breast. The first surgery was the lumpectomy. The second surgery they did a wider incision on my breast to make sure they got everything, and took nine lymph nodes from my underarm. I am very unsure about the need for 6 weeks of radiation when there is no cancer left. Has anyone out there gone through this and what are the effects of the radiation? They say it is only fatigue from the treatments, but I would like to know if there is more that happens. Thank you for any response. Jan

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by Barbara_B_17 on Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:00 AM

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I had a mastectomy followed by 6 mos. of chemo then 6 wks. of radiation. The radiation was a 'walk in the park' compared to the chemo. I think the worst part was it was 5 days a week so you need to plan your life around that appointment. It is important not to skip one. The treatment itself was only a few minutes; it took longer to get undressed than the treatment! I did have a problem about 4 weeks into it where I got radiation burn (like a bad sunburn on the the chest wall), I had to skip a few days and use another cream on the area. I remember being upset that I had to take a break. I just wanted it over with! Overall, it wasn't too bad...Barb

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by Jeanette_S_1 on Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:00 AM

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Hi Barb Thank you for your response to my questions. Were the radiation treatments you took a preventive measure or did you have cancerous cells left? Jan

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by Barbara_B_17 on Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:00 AM

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Jeanette, It was preventative. They were not sure if there were any cells left. Hope you are doing o.k.?..Barb

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by Jeanette_S_1 on Sun Aug 24, 2003 12:00 AM

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Hi Barb, I am doing fine, just dreading the radiation treatments. I have to drive an hour each way. We are new to this area and don't know many people so I don't have anyone to drive me or to ride with me. Hopefully I won't get too tired. IF I feel tired I will just rest there for a while and drive back. My mom says she will ride with me but she is 84 and gets very tired riding and then she has to wait in the car for me as she has a hard time walking a long distance. I am sure everything will be fine. At least I don't have to worry about driving in snow this time of year. Thanks for your interest. Jeanette

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by Ronald_B_3 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 12:00 AM

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Hi Jeanette, I had throat cancer, my doctor recommended surgery, removed cancerous tonsil, two largest lymph nodes, saliva gland and a small back portion of my tongue. I was told all the cancer had been taken out, but as a precaution it would be best that we do 6 weeks of radiation, just to make sure we kill any cancerous cells that MIGHT still be their. I do air conditioning installations and service, worked right up to my 5th week. I took the 6th week off only because I had such a bad burn on my neck about 2 1/2" round, and I didn't want to get any thing on it working outdoors. The cream I used was Alocane Emergency Room Burn cream, this worked great and healed the burn really fast about a week and a half after my last treatment. My personal side effects happened after radiation. Depression was number one for me, plus others that would only effect my condition, which would be dealing with the head and throat. I really don't think you should have a problem with it. Anyway God Bless and my prayers are with you, Ron

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by Jeanette_S_1 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 12:00 AM

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Hi Ron Thank you for your message. I have been contemplating whether to have the treatments or not. Your personal experience helped me in my decision. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I hope you are doing better also. Jeanette

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by Ronald_B_3 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 12:00 AM

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Thanks Jeanette, just keep a positive attitude about the whole situation, and look to the future. My doctor said, be ready for the one step forward and two steps backward, but in the long run you'll be better off. Let me know how things are going, and many prayers to you. Ron

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by David_D_1 on Sat Aug 23, 2003 12:00 AM

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Hi Ron! Just happened to run across your letter! I was diagnosed just this week with the same thing that you had and have been waiting to get into another Doctor for a 2nd opinion! Am scared to death about having to have surgery on the back of my tongue and throat! My doctor tells me this will be an outpatient procedure! Was yours? And how did you heal afterward? He also mentioned that I would have to have radiation treatment so I have researched quite a bit and found that the IMRT radiation treatment is the one to have done. Seems its especially good for this type of thing! And, also am maybe going to have the IPT Chemo Treatment! How are you doing now? Having any trouble at all with the surgery! Sure would like to have a blow-by-blow description of the operation so I will know what to expect! Help me out if you can! Sincerely, David D

Tonsil Cancer, Darla k

by Ronald_B_3 on Mon Sep 13, 2004 12:00 AM

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Hello Darla, my computer is down so I'm using a friend's when I was told of your message. I hope that everything is going fine with your husband so far. My S.C. Carcinoma was a stage 3, I found it by thinking the feeling in my throat which felt like a pill caught there would go away, after taking some aspirin. Two months later I coughed up a small purple piece of matter, as I looked at it I thought this does not look good, took it to my doctor and a week later was told I had cancer. I had my right tonsil removed, 2 lymph nodes, saliva gland and my throat marginally cleaned and stitched up where I was on a feeding tube for three months. Had 6weeks of radiation. It’s been 1Yr June 30th, Believe in God say your prayers and have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!! Believe that this is just a bump in the road of life and god is testing us, I showed so far that I'm able to handle it and have accepted that cancer will be a part of my life. Will write again soon in a hurry right now, but thought I would drop a note, Take care and God Bless you both, my prayers are with you, Ron B
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