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02-11-2018 08:43 AM
My Oncologist said I could start my tamoxifen before or after my rads he said it would not make any difference, I started them a month before I started rads.
Honestly it is the fear of the unknown that makes us nervous and as always with the real thing it is never as bad as we imagine it to be. The first apt will be longer than the rest of them as they have to go through all the measurements and information from your oncologist, plus if it is like mine I had a talk with a rads nurse first who explained what would happen etc., so in all it was about 30 minutes. After that the actuall sessions themselves were only 10/15 mins from undressing and getting dressed again.
Hope this helps
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01-11-2018 09:26 PM
hi ladies hope you are all getting on ok. It was day two of rads today, has anyone else been told its best not to use cream just before treatment as it can act like a second skin and rads might not be as effective. Early days yet but not feeling any effects yet just maybe a bit more tired, only 18 more to go .... Fezzy x
31-10-2018 02:23 PM
Oh I remember that moment very well. I had gone to my apt, they were running late and I was in a bad mood, the nurse asked me how I was to which I burst out crying and said I did not want to do it any more, that I was fed up with this apt controlling my life every day, she just put her arms around me gave me a hug and a box of tissues, after a few minutes we got on with it.
I can honestly say the worst part of it was the going back and forward to the hospital every day, which did not help if they were running behind, but as you say you are halfway there now so it will not be long before you are finished.
Sending you hugs
31-10-2018 01:23 PM
28-10-2018 09:05 PM - edited 28-10-2018 09:08 PM
Hello everyone - just dropping into the forum. I finish my sessions on Tuesday. I like so many others have used Aveeno cream - it has worked well. I am red and very hot but the skin so far seems okay.
My trip to hospital has been very exhausting - 2-3hrs each way.
I have had added complications so my care had to be in central London - the clinic were wonderful and I have had transport every day BUT it is still leaving at 6am and back anytime between 1-2pm.
Needless to say I have managed to do very little in this 3 week period.
It is weird also to be feelign anxious that treatment is about to end - the hospital has become a second home to me - I have asked about getting pychological help and will get an update Tuesday.
To everyone starting in November - I send all the best to you to soldier through and if in doubt - ask on here or ask at the clinic - the staff are wonderful.
27-10-2018 10:16 PM
Just wanted to welcome you to the thread where I am sure you will get loads of help and support from the ladies on here who are currently undergoind rads or about to start as you are.
Ask any questions you want and I am sure one of us will be able to help you.
27-10-2018 09:11 PM
My radiotherapy starts on 8th November and have 23 sessions in all, finishing 10th December. Relieved that this next stage of treatment is just around the corner as surgery (WLE & SNB) was 28th August. Got my 3 tattoos at my planning session a week and a half ago and all the “bumf” so am good to go 😊. The journey to the hospital is the only bit that’s daunting to be honest as it’s it’s an 80 mile round trip. But hey-ho, not much I can do about it!
Good luck to you all, may our rads go quickly and uneventfully 😊.
27-10-2018 05:33 PM
Love the name
Just wanted to welcome you to the thread, you will get loads of support here from the lovely ladies who are a bit further on from you and those who are just starting.
I had the same 15 regular and 5 boosters, the boosters are a lot shorter in time
27-10-2018 04:04 PM
Hello everyone. I start radiotherapy on 9th November, 3 weeks plus a booster week. I’ve had to wait for my underarm seroma to get smaller (now a haematoma) so I’m actually delighted (odd word to use I know!) to be starting as I had my surgery the very beginning of August.
I had my planning session yesterday. It took a bit longer as for some reason they couldn’t get the board that tracks your breathing to sit properly on my torso. A few of them had a go, apparently because I’m petite on the top and my breathing isn’t that obvious! Because I was on the scanner table for so long I got very, very cold and was shaking so they gave me a 20 minute break to go get a hot drink and warm up. I ran up and down the stairs a few times, I also waved my arms about a lot as the arm that had the axillary clearance had gone completely numb, the other arm was just a bit stiff (must have looked a bit mad). Anyway, we got back on with it and I managed the deep breathing to hold my breath ok. At least I know the radiotherapy sessions will be swift!
With regards to the skin, I currently use Aveeno, cream and post shower spray. From what I’ve read it seems everyone has had slightly different experiences, but glad I have lots of backup solutions to try from all the geat posts other people have made should I need it. I’m 45 mins from Oxford, on Fridays and the weekend my husband has said he will drive me, the other 2 days I’ll drive myself... well that’s the plan!
Good of luck everyone xx
27-10-2018 01:21 PM
27-10-2018 11:35 AM
Hello all, just popping in to say hello to everyone else starting or undergoing radiotherapy treatment in November. My sessions start 7 November and I am quite apprehensive but I'm sure it will be ok. 45 minute journey each way but hoping it will not be too bad. All will be over by Christmas anyway 😊