Oh. I'm probably going to need radiation, too.
I met with an radiation doctor at the very beginning of my cancer experience, but over the months of chem, it was never mentioned again in my treatment. Today, the surgeon "mentioned" that my breast reconstruction might be affected by the radiation. I said "...What?" He then explained that it was most likely that I would have to have it, pending biopsy results after the surgery. He reviewed the factors that made it a recommended treatment ( in my case, the size of the tumor is the factor), and yes, I see that it may be appropriate.
But damn! I just thought, since no one was talking about it to me, that it was not going to happen. Oh well. I see that it can irritate skin, a lot, but it looks like it takes half an hour a day, for five or six weeks...if I have to, I have to.
I wish you the best. I think you'll do fine. You seem to be a strong person and that will make a difference. Ask your doctor about lotions and creams for use after each treatment. Around my 5th week I needed silvadene for the burns on my neck. BUT - everyone is different, so any 'horror' stories you hear may not be a part of your story.
They should have been crystal clear on the radiation with you though. I did both chemo/radiation at the same time and always knew I would get both.
a lumpectomy; 5 years later they found cancer in the same breast and I had a masectomy two years ago. The radiation caused many problems especially if lymph nodes are taken. In the last two years I have read much research and findings that radiation is not always needed and the side effects are not worth it. I would surely get more opinions from oncologists, not just surgeons, if I was diagnosed now.
your radiologist will steer you in the right direct when dealing with side effects and timelines.
It's easy, it's painless, it's quick.
I'll ask for any and all expected side effects before it starts...don't want to be caught with a bad burn and no meds for treating it.
Thanks, everyone.Your honesty is appreciated so much!
At least I'll still be able to eat well. I am SO SICK of the digestive issues and everything tasting bitter from chemo.
One more round and then I can start recovering from Part 1 of my "cure."