14-09-2018 10:19 AM
I've just finished my radiotheraphy sessions at Leeds (15 in total) last week. Or as one of my friend put it zapping sessions (not that I minded).... the jokes on him now though as he has to go for some light theraphy session so it will soon be his turn to get zapped!
I drove from home to the hospital each day (1 hour each way) and didn't really suffer from fatigue. I went to work part time (because of the timing of the appointments) and to my normal gym classes. My gym schedule was a standing joke with the radiographers! I'm 52, so no spring chicken but very fit and healthy otherwise.
I recommend you drink LOTS of water. I drank about 2 Litres per day plus tea and coffee and it appears to have helped.
Skin wise. Slap on the moisturiser 2 or 3 time a day and make sure you go right up to your collar bone. Aveeno (which they recommend) is on offer in Waitrose by the way.
I don't have a big chest (B cup) so I guess that impacts the dose....
So 6 days on and all I have to show for my treatment is a discoloured armpit (it looks like I have a tan.....) and some mild skin redness and irritation.
As for getting off the bed in a controlled manner, I was more commando roll than dignified!
Have a great weekend
13-09-2018 07:05 PM
13-09-2018 04:57 PM
13-09-2018 04:30 PM
As always, the NHS staff were totally lovely. I think this is going to be tough for me, this morning I had my herceptin injection which causes fatigue and with the ongoing radiotherapy I think I am going to be shattered.
A painless procedure, I closed my eyes and imagined going on one of my favourite walks.
The good part is that next to the hospital is a lovely hotel within beautiful gardens where my friend and I had a catch up and a coffee.
13-09-2018 04:28 PM
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13-09-2018 07:08 AM
Good morning Wombat woo, I hope your first session goes okay, I will be back to see how you go.
Good morning everyone, here goes, I didn't sleep too well last night. My friend is taking me today, picking me up around 1pm.
12-09-2018 11:50 PM
Good luck tomorrow Wombat Woo and Anxious Soul xx
Aliand must be tough for you thinking about your son going away as well as going through rads - sending you big hugs 🤗- hope you manage to get through it OK.
Im starting next Monday - I’m not too nervous atm, although people do keep telling me this is the easy part - I’m hoping they are right but I think you have to wait and see how you feel - just because the process is straightforward doesnt mean it doesn’t affect you.
12-09-2018 09:53 PM
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12-09-2018 08:34 PM
Hi, I have recently finished 23 sessions of radiotherapy and had no problems, other than slightly swollen and pink. A week later and it is very sore around the nipple and the scar area where I had lymph nodes removed. I have been using organic coconut oil all the way through but it’s not bringing me any relief. Does anyone have any advice on what to use, thank you
12-09-2018 05:46 PM
Yay well done for the first one, I am sure you will get the hang of the breathing very quickly, you will be on no. 3 today already.
Your rads team should be keeping an eye on your skin and it might be worth asking them if chemo makes your skin more sensitive.