Glad I was of help, It is the same with every step we take on this journey, fear of the unknown and then when it happens it is not quite as bad as we think.once we get going xxxx
Hi, I also had the 15 + 5 boosters through August - I found it manageable, it did involve travelling into London on the bus/underground, but most days I would incorporate a coffee shop, or a walk around parts of London I didn't know ( lol, saw Changing of the Guard quite a few times as it was only a short hop further on the tube ) - possibly I was very lucky, but side effects were minimal and manageable - for me, I was using Dr Hauschka Rose Body Oil on the area, as my daughter invested in it for me, though I did get the area under-boob with some redness and dryness, and the nipple was a bit dry towards the end of treatments, but all in all, it went okay. Timings varied, so I saw different staff and different patients, but I'm a 'talker' and chatting to new people was good for the soul, and all the staff were superb. I wish you well, I am sure it will be fine for you, and once you start ticking off the days, then the end is in sight. Hugs aplenty.
I had exactly the same as you, 15 regular and 5 boosters (on the tumour site). I didnt have any more effects from having them. I made sure I drank plenty of fluid every day usually 2 litres to ensure that I helped with any potential dehyradtion effects from the rads, took my E45 with me so that I could apply it immediately after each session which helped. I actually found the last 5 a lot easier, they are not as long because the area they are targetting is smaller, I was in and out much quicker than when I was having the regular ones.
Hi ladies, I have got my planning on the 17th October, so I may just qualify for the October radiotherapy club. I have been told I will have 15 sessions plus 5 targeted where the tumour was, has anyone else had this many sessions and will it lead to more effects from the radiotherapy. Fezzy xx
So pleased you are now at the end-in-sight session of chemo, you helped me with advice re TM op at the very beginning in the dark days of diagnosis, so many thanks for that 😊 ...
I, and other ladies, (who have now ended up on the First Weeks after Ringing That Bell thread) all completed rads pretty recently, and would be delighted to offer any advice and reassurance in turn, to anyone who has a burning question..(no pun intended btw 😏) .between us all there’s a lot of ‘zap’ experience !! - so please ask away if needed...
Well done you, just this to get through now and it’ll whizz past !
By the way, Susie, as you are having your treatments in Sheffield Weston Park, have you been told about the four complementary therapy sessions the Cance Support Centre offers, free of charge, to patients going through radiotherapy (and chemo too)? You will see the Centre in a Victorian house, to the left of WP Hospital main building.
The Centre is part of WP Hospital and is staffed by qualified nurses with general help from volunteers. Cancer patients and their carers are welcome to drop in at any time on weekdays, and are promptly offered a drink and a biscuit. They are very kind and supportive. The complementary therapies, provided by qualified professonals, include general massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki, shiatsu and acupuncture.
If you live in Sheffield, the Cavendish Centre also offers support to cancer patients and will allow you four complementary therapy sesssions in addition to those at WP CSC. The same therapists are involved.
Here's hoping all goes well for you.
I had my rads at Sheffield Weston Park and can confirm they are very kind and supportive. If you are seeing edited as per t's &c's (clinical oncologist) he is an absolute gem. The couch is not exactly designed for afternoon naps, but the radiographers are very helpful when getting you on and off again. About half way through my treatments I had a little tearful session, and the radiographers were very reassuring and considerate. By the time I reached the last week, I was well used to going straight into the reception area, getting my gown on, sitting at the appropriate spot and waiting to be called.
The radiographers at my first session pehaps could have explained a little more. It was not immediately obvious that, once you've announced your arrival at the desk and been told which machine you're assigned to, you are expected to go to one of the cubicles, take off your upper clothes, put them in a wire basket you keep with you and put on a blue gown that wraps around in front. Then, after your session, you return to a cubicle, leaving your blue gown in the bin next to the set of shelves holding the clean gowns.
It's all obvious once you're used to it, but at first I found I was in a bit of a daze and annoyed a radiographer by sitting down, fully clothed, and waiting to be told when to get robed up!
Don't worry, you're in a good place.
Dear JWD, please don't apologize. Of course you need to let off steam; what a terrible shock for you and your husband. There is nothing I can say other than that I wish you both all the very best.
As regards the aches and pains from radiotherapy, I think what you and Caroline describe is quite normal. By the time I finished rads on 18 July, my left upper arm was aching quite badly and it was quite difficult getting it into position. I had axillary node clearance in May and it seems nerves have been damaged. I'm still getting a fair amount of pain, made worse by Anastrozole, and despite doing my exercises. I suspect this is normal.
Very best wishes to you and your husband.
If you need to rant, just come in here.
hi ladies I have my first oncology appointment on the 1st October so I will be finding out what treatment I will be having, been on Anastrozole for a month so far only a few se's, I agree the waiting has been awful. Fezzy. xx
2 down, 16 to go...
Any tips for stopping hands and arms getting sore and/or numb during treatment? I'm a climber and practise yoga regularly, but holding my arms above my head on the hard radiotherapy bed is surprisingly uncomfortable. It feels like a nerve is being impinged and I get spasms in my upper arms.
I have my first clinical oncology appointment on 4 October when I’ll find out my start date. Should be some time in October though. Just waiting, waiting, waiting, all the time waiting...it’s exhausting 😉.
As at every stage in our treatment it is fear of the unknown, once you get into the first few sessions it will be fine.
Ask any questions you want and I am sure that we will be able to help and support you
Just starting a thread for October for those ladies who are starting their rads in October and ladies who will be completing them during October and may come over to help and support the new ladies.