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Re: September 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi Bibi,
Hope you’ve got something lovely to distract you today. (I binge watched Misummer Murders, but we’re all different!)

I’ve showered before treatment & moisturised afterwards, but my instructions don’t say either way.

In my first treatment the radiographer took time to talk to me before the 1st rads, so you should get the opportunity to double check what they’d prefer you to do.

I can’t imagine that moisturising before would affect treatment, or they’d make sure we knew not too.

Good luck tomorrow
Maggie x
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My rads were always early evening but i never put any moisturiser on after mid day. I think i remember being told not to use any barrier type creams up to 3 hours before treatment as it might affect the rads getting though. I also used to wipe the area with a wetwipe before i went in just because!!!
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Re: September 2018 Radiotherapy

Morning Anxious Soul - got butterflies and am getting a bit nervous tbh - feels like end of summer - start of a new term. 

A question - do I not have to moisturise in morning before treatment ? know I have to moisturise loads but can’t remember and can’t find anything to say whether you should just shower before rads but not moisturise.

Thanks

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Re: September 2018 Radiotherapy

Good morning everyone,

 

Bibi - I hope you're feeling okay about tomorrow.Smiley Happy

 

 

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Klonodu I hope your brggininh to feel better an that the anti biotics are working wonders 🤗
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Klondu, I hope the antibiotics kick in quickly and you’re soon feeling better... not nice to have an infection on top of everything else. Maggie x
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Hope the antibiotics do the trick for you Klonodu, I think I’ve read elsewhere on here that they are pretty effective, so fingers well crossed ... best of luck ! 🍀
Xx
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Thank you Thissledown. I rang up for some advice and was asked to go in to see my radiotherapy consultant. I was given antibiotics as he's worried i may have an infection in my lymph node scar. I had to have 23 sessions because im on immune suppressant tablets for a kidney disorder, i was fine until a few days after the last session. I have the pads, thank you, they are a great help, im hoping these anti biotics do the trick, if no change i have to ring them on wednesday....fingers crossed x
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Woohoooo, chocolate heaven!

 

And look at you Maggie, you're nearly there.....Smiley Happy

 

2/15 And can't hear any bells.......

 

 

 

 

 

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Wombat Woo & Anxious Sole - chocolate hee too - maybe it’s a Friday thing?!

Have a lovely weekend everyone
Maggie
14/15
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Strangely I hit the chocolate after this one.... 🤣🤣😳

Have a lovely weekend everyone xxx

2/15
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Hello everyone,

 

well, another one down.

 

zzzz and I need chocolate......Smiley Happy

 

2/15 

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Thanks for the info Yorkshire Tyke, I am drinking heaps on ginger tea and using diprobase cream. 

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Hi Ladies,

 

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

 

 

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Klonodu,

Some ladies got Medihoney cream prescribed to them by their radiology team, together with another good thing, Polymem non-adhesive dressings, these are squares of a foam-sided material and are very good if tucked over a sore nipple area to protect - or under the breast.
I had to have my nipple cut out and re-sited( not resisted as the original post said!) and it was painful after rads. I just ordered these things online, the cream and dressings, thinking our team wouldn’t prescribe, but they said they would have if I’d asked ! So maybe ring your unit? The Medihoney cream contains Manuka honey, and is therefore a bit pricey !! But I think it was definitely worth it. Crumbs, no wonder you are sore after 23 sessions! I was lucky in that I only had 15.
All the best xx
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Thanks Maggie, your words help me....Smiley Happy

 

Wombat woo, tonight, hopefully we sleep well. Smiley Happy

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Well done anxious soul! One down. It’s ok to be tired and it’s ok not to like it. Maggie x
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Apologies if this post turns up twice... I thought I posted but perhaps didn’t hit the button 🤣

So 1/15 done. Was a lot less traumatic than I thought... what we have in our heads is often a lot worse than reality!!!!!

Anxious sole so glad you got to have coffee and a catch up afterwards- time to chill is a good thing So we are off !! Xxx
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Thank you, i will have a look out for it and give it ago xx
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Er- that should be Skin, not Shin !! 🙄😁