My Radiation Page

Since I am in a study, I decided that I should keep a record of my reactions to the radiation, and I might as well do it here. Instead of having radiation every day for five-six weeks, I will receive a much higher dose for five days.

So far, the only things worth mentioning about the whole process:

1. I had several injections, both of anesthesia and radioactive substances, in my breast. None of them hurt!

2. The doctor went on vacation after the second lumpectomy, so I went an extra week before a follow-up visit. The area around the wound was red, swollen, and sore, and I was afraid it was infected. I called the office and got more antibiotics but was really worried the whole time. It turned out that it was just fluid accumulation. The surgeon said that he doesn’t put a drain in the wound because the fluid helps prevent the tissue from collapsing and looking weird. He removed the fluid with a huge needle, which also didn’t hurt, much to my amazement. Moral: Try not to schedule surgery before the surgeon’s vacation!

3. They use a forced-air quilt  in the operating room these days. When they put it over you it is just like being covered with a warm cloud. I wished I had stayed conscious long enough to really enjoy it! Enough said..

I start radiation on Monday, then every day for five days.

Five days later:

I haven’t been keeping up, mainly because there was nothing to write. The main problem was keeping my head turned and still while the sessions were going on, since my neck tends to be stiff, but I took a tylenol about a half-hour ahead of time and just went into meditation mode, so it wasn’t bad at all. I wasn’t tired, sick, and my hair didn’t fall out.

Eight days later:

I have been warned that skin reactions and fatigue may occur this week, but so far, so good. I may be a bit more tired than usual, but I stayed up after midnight for two days in a row, which could account for it.

I am assuming that it will stay like this!

About 2 weeks later..it did catch up with me, but just a little bit. I am a tiny bit more tired than usual, and the breast is very slightly red. One wouldn’t notice it, except that it goes white where one presses.

So this page is, thankfully, very boring. I hope it stays that way!

A month later

Well, I think it finally hit me. Fortunately it’s pretty mild, but after work I am totally bushed, more so than normally. I am trying to sleep a lot.

Much later

Obviously, the radiation was pretty much a non-event, thank goodness! When I went for my checkup, the radiologist said the skin was slightly red, but to be honest, I couldn’t see it at all. I have decided that the exhaustion wasn’t because of radiation, but was a side effect of Arimidex, because I still need a lot of sleep, etc. I’m not going to blog the whole breast cancer history, though. Lots of other people have done that really well. So, with this entry, this page is CLOSED!

7 comments so far

  1. Bibi on

    You were so calm about the whole thing that I, for one, didn’t even realize what you were going through!

  2. Bibi on

    How are you feeling now?

    • fractralfoot on

      I’m feeling fine…just a little tired, but I think that is from the arimidex, the medication I am on, not from the radiation…

  3. Bibi on

    How are you feeling now? Are you eating anything special to give you strength?

    • fractralfoot on

      I feel absolutely fine. I’m not doing anything special, but I am trying to eat regularly, and to get my veggies.

  4. Laura on

    Does radiation make you throw up? Does it make you lose your hair? Or is that chemotherapy? How long do you get radiation for? Then what happens?

    • fractralfoot on

      I can only speak of my experience, and for me, the answer was “no” and No!”
      I think that depending on how much radiation one gets, and where it is focused, you can get some reactions, but I the only reaction I had was a slight redness of the skin. The hardest part was staying still!


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