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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hope you are not suffering with the Tamoxifen side effects too much. I too have 15 sessions to look forward to and at the end I will start the tamoxifen. I have had menapause symptoms since starting the chemo, so have had a little glimps into the future, Sally xx
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Thank you , your message is both helpful and positive. I've only got 15 sessions to look forward to with a break for christmas and new year. I understand about the traveling , it takes me about 1 1/2 hours to get to the hospital, I am vey lucky as here we have a good bus service,
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi Ladies,

I started radiotherapy on the 27th Nov - 15 session (thankfully) with 4 already down. I finish on the 17th Dec.

I got cream from the hospital - Aquamax. I’ve been applying 2/3 times a day. My left breast (my cancer side) has been a bit painful like electric shocks going through along with being a little bit swollen. I did ask the team at the hospital and they said that was normal after reconstruction but I’m seeing a doctor on Monday. I’ve also taken the advice of 2 litres of water - I’ve bought this huge 2.2 litre water bottle to keep me in track. Not feeling too bad at present.

I also started taking Tamoxifen on Wednesday- just waiting for the dreaded side effects to kick in. 1 thing I have noticed is my wee is foamy (never had this before) - no sure if that’s normal. I think I will meantion it to the oncologist.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Maggie
Xxxx
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

sally

 

I used E45 throughout my rads as that was what my team advised me to do.  I moisturised 2/3 times a day, tey do advise you to moisturise not less than two hours before a session.  I used to take my cream with me and applied it after my session whilst I was getting dressed again.

 

Difficult to explain what rads feel like.  I didnt really feel anything whilst having it.  I dont know that fatigue is a given, however they do recommend you take it a good 2 litres of fluid a day as rads can cause dehydration which in turn has the potential to cause fatigue.  Added to that you have the thing of going to and from the hospital every day which can take it out of you.  The best thing is to listen to your body and rest when you need it.

 

The R1 and R2 are a moisture cream and a cooling gel, which if you are advised to use, it varies from hospital to hospital, you have to use from the first day.  Other hospital suggest Aveeno.

 

To be honest the only thing about the rads was  i got a senstive nipple towards the end of the session, which they gave me a dressing to use to protect it a bit, and the fact that I had to go every week day for nearly 5 weeks, I hated my life being controlled by that apt. 

 

xx

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I have bin told  to use only E45 cream. so what are  R1 R2  creams?  So what does radiotherapy feel like,? is fatigue a given ? When should I moistrise, inadvance, or just before and after zapping? 

Sorry so many questions,  all this feels very exciting, but will probable be very ordinary when it starts. 

Thanks love Sally

 

 

 

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Carrie

 

Hello and welcome to the thread/  I remember hearing about the R1 R2 creams and all of it was very positive.

 

Helena xxx

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sallyann

 

Hello and welcome to the thread.  Well the key as they have probably told you is to moisturise regularlly, drink plenty of fluids and listen to your body.

 

Helena xxx

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Hi x I started yeserday s will be going into December.  I am two down and thirteen to go.  I have been lucky in that my GP prescribed R1 and R2 cream so I am hoping that they do their magic Smiley Happy x

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Hi

I had my tatts done today ready for the first treatment on December 13th. All being well and all the calculations have been made. I have just 3 weeks of treatment I think but will be given a time table/callender after my first one.  I have bin given a sexy blue gown to take with me for all the treatments, I love the velco opening sides! This is stage three of my treatments, so if this goes as easily as the others,  I will start the new year with a bang not with a worrysquib.

Sallyann XX

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December 2018 Radiotherapy

Ladies

 

Started a new monthly thread for those ladies who are continuing into December with your rads and also for the ladies who will be starting this month, you will get lots of help and support from the other ladies.

 

helena xx