January 2024 radiotherapy starters

@copperycat good to hear you’re doing ok. Itchy rash can be annoying. Hope you continue doing well. I just know will see oncologist 6-8 weeks after radio. Feels really odd as if should be celebrating but rather an anticlimax :thinking:

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Interesting @mlen is seeing oncologist after radiotherapy. I have been referred back to the breast care nurses with the surgery team at ‘local’ hospital. ( it’s now moved another 20 miles further away now an 40 miles trip to the breast team for our local health board in SE Wales!) the oncology team discharged me from clinics after chemotherapy but I’m still under the cancer centre for several years due to Herceptin and Zolendronic acid infusions for 3 years (bisphosphonates/ bone health). I can call an oncology nurse if needed but that’s it.

Take care all :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Anticlimax is definitely my emotion. I know I have a lot to be thankful for but does feel a bit “what now”? Xxx

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Don’t forget the Moving Forward course on Breast Cancer Now.

I don’t feel ready yet as I still have months of Herceptin injections. Haven’t finished my treatment yet, although I feel I have been let go by oncology team.:smiling_face_with_tear:

https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/support-you/moving-forward

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Hi.
I am in a different health care system as I am currently living in Spain. We don’t have BC nurses here, I wish we do.
They scheduled appointment with radiotherapy Dr one month after the end of sessions.
Gynecologist appointment 3 months into tamoxifen.
Oncology appointment with blood test 5 months after op results.
Surgeon appointment 1 year after surgery.
I should contact GP for everything else.

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Thanks naughtyboob for encouragement. Hope your shoulder eases up soon.
Mine has been so bad today and yesterday, feels like I have a trapped nerve in shoulder and arm. Coping by taking paracetamol and ibuprofen regularly. Not looking forward to more radiotherapy tomorrow. I wonder if position plus radiotherapy plus perhaps overdoing exercises has done it. Fed up though xxx

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Elsie and coppery I really hope your rash and itchiness settles soon too
xxx

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Hi mlen
That sounds like a better system. Unfortunately the breast care nurses here have not been very helpful at all, was given about 8 names on a card and always got someone different calling back. Haven’t bothered since surgery as one in particular was quite unfriendly. The oncology team were much better where I am.
Hope your fatigue is improving Xxx

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How horrible for you having this pain as well as having radiotherapy. It’s a lot and no one could blame you for feeling fed up. Can only suggest talking to the team about it to see if they can help with the pain. Hope you’re being kind to yourself too , having little treats afterwards and letting people take care of you xxx

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Hoping everyone is doing well.
Just to keep the self record: two weeks after finishing radiotherapy the tiredness is gone.
Swollen breast continues though, it has the same size as the other one and feels harder, a little pinker, not hot. The nipple is much darker and itchy, I keep using moisturizing cream.
Cording is less visible, armpit keeps feeling numbness.
My last period was on January 12th,same day I started tamoxifen. I used to be regular (every 24/28 days).

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Hi copperycat, thank you for your good wishes, thankfully the shoulder is a lot better.
Quite achy and sore generally and skin just starting to blister a little.
Last scheduled session today - session 15.
Not sure how to feel/be. All seems very strange. Going to speak to Maggie’s next week. Hope you, and all if you, are all doing as well as possible.
A little more hair growth, now look like a skinhead!
xx

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