Hi Vicki, thanks for the advice. I'm hoping radiotherapy will be a walk in the park compared to the chemo but have fair skin so might end up getting a bit of a reaction. Hope your soreness goes soon.
I hope the side effects wear off for you with the Tamoxifen. My oncologist said that it can take a few months for your body to adjust and get used to it. I'm 35 and a bit worried about the menopausal symptoms it can give you but its better than the alternative!
Best of luck with the rest of your treatment!
Hi Vicki, I'm due to start radiotherapy on Monday which is 19 sessions altogether. I've been told to apply E45 cream twice a day and used unperfumed soap, no shaving and no deoderant. They also said I shouldn't wear underwired bras and my BCN said about loose fitting camisoles. Have you found it uncomfortable wearing bras etc? I also start Tamoxifen on 1st April and not looking forward to the side effects of that!
Hi there, I'm starting radiotherapy this month. Doing the usual 15 sessions plus 4 as a boost. Just wondered if anyone had any tips to pass on? Thanks Emma x
That's great news - glad it went well. still waiting for my planning appointment so not sure when I will be starting. Hopefully wont be long now. Keep us informed as how you are doing. Liggy
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Hi, I'm a first time user of this site, so bear with me. I will be having session 15 today of 18, so I'm getting near the end - hurray! Feel like it's taking over my life (especially as it's half term this week and my youngest daughter is off school)! All has gone ok, but skin has become really itchy - been advised to start using 1% hdrocoitisoine cream by hospital which I'm now trying - hoping it's not going to get much worse. Any advice on exposure to sun? Wanted to celebrate end of treatment with a family holiday in the sun, but am now worried I will have to stay completely covered in the sun. The area treated can now been seen as the skin is dark red and reaches up almost to my neck - will I have to wear high necks? Not what I was hoping for - thought I would be able to relax on a beach somewhere. Any advice?
Hi Tracy - I am off to the Letrozole clinic on the 14th March and I will be taking it for a minimum of 5 years. Just when you think you do not have to deal with anymore side effects along comes years of medication! Hope the hot flushes sort themselves out - I am post menopausal so I get to skip tamoxifen and go straight to Letrozole. But as with all the treatment you never know how it is going to effect each and every one of us so let's all hope that we adjust well to both the Rads and the hormone treatment. Busy working out what creams to use while having Rads - thinking aloe vera - but all advice greatfully received. Another 'fatigue' day today - this Chemo is definitely the toughest - but as it is the last one I know I can cope with whatever it throws at me. Liggy x
Best of luck to you all commencing RADS.
Be mindful of skin breaking down. Mine opened up on the very last day a week ago and it is very irritating. This was on my clavicle (collarbone) where the skin is quite thin. If the soreness comes on rapidly ask the radiotherapy team immediately for their help. Don't stint on the moisturising.
Get used to being handled like the proverbial piece of meat and try not to mind it - at least that was my experience.
Take care all
I am having my rads at the Churchill in Oxford - Chemo was OK - nothing too bad but had the last one on Monday so feeling pretty wiped out at the moment but just delighted not to have to go through any more! Waiting for my first appointment with the consultant re what number of Rads I will need etc. just looking forward to having the planning done and getting it underway. It is strange - I was diagnosed last July - had surgery, Chemo and now waiting for Rads and in some ways it seems to have gone really fast and in other ways like I have never been anything else but a cancer patient! Impossible to plan anything or for me to work until all over so roll on Spring and a glorious summer (with hair to match hopefully as getting pretty bored of being bald!). Here's hoping we only have good experiences to share as we go through Rads!
I am waiting for my dates but Chemo over now so should be starting within the next few weeks. Would love to be part of the group. Nothing like support from those going through it with you!