Sue about the tattoos does not hurt at all. Plus they are so small you cannot see them unless you really peer. About the size of the full stop on these threads.
Sue C - I was actually quite concerned about the tattoo thing, not afraid of needles, just didn't want extra reminders of what I'd been through. I mentioned this a couple of times and actually my tattoos are tiny, even smaller than a small mole or freckle, I thought they had disappeared as they are so small and it didnt hurt at all. I had zap 4 of 15 today, no side effects so far, hoping it will stay that way. x
Having scan and markings next Monday. Does it hurt when you have the tattoos? I can be such a wimp at times!!
Cla46 I'm so sorry if my post has worried you Clair. The bone scan is not related to radiotherapy but to Letrozole hormone therapy which I have recently started. Not everyone will have this. It is something my oncologist requests. The rads machine also does xray pictures, I think it is to make sure they are happy with your position for treatment. I assume it is the same for everyone but can really only speak from my own experience xx
This morning I had a bone density scan in the X-ray department (on time) legged it over to rads, 20 minutes early and went in straight away. Out the door by 10.15, very nice to have the rest of the day free.
One thing I have found very helpful during the last few months is a few minutes of mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, slow breathing techniques etc every day - really helps with any anxiety or discomfort before and during consultations and treatment.
One thing Im struggling with though is sleeping. I can nod off but keep waking up 😔.
Hope everyone is ok today.
A huge thanks to the ladies who are having rads or finished rads and posting their experiences here. It's making me less nervous.
Had my appointment with the Radiology consultant earlier this week. It's 15 sessions for me plus 5 boosters. so 4 weeks treatment in total.
Going into the clinic tomorrow for a CT scan.
Shouldn't be long until I start. Was hoping to delay until after Xmas as I am still recovering from chemo and surgery but the consultant said he didn't want me to wait that long.
Here goes... eek.
Third time lucky daffodil, hope things go more smoothly for you for the rest of the week. Cla46 congratulations on your news x
Flossy03 - no it wasn't your dad, the man next to him! I'm in early tomorrow, 2.40 Friday.
Best wishes everyone. I'm on number 8, so far so good x
Sar54 I went in at 2.35 - my parents were today's chauffeurs so I'm hoping it wasn't my dad that you had to climb over! I was sat on the left, my parents were on the back wall with another man and then maybe it was you that came and sat in the corner? I'm 2.35 tomorrow then 2.55 Friday.
Ginger not specific for radiotherapy but it does have good healing properties.
Hi flossy. Is the apple and ginger supposed to help with radiotherapy?
Hope you are all doing ok. I had my second today. Not having much luck again as they were running 3/4s of an hour late today so took nearly as long as yesterday. Hoping for better luck tomorrow. Skin ok so far, off to sleep now though as i am really tired. Not sure if it is the radiotherapy or fighting off a cold.
Good luck to everyone for tomorrow. Aileen
Flossy03 - did you go in about 2.30? I went in at 3.15 but was there early and someone went in at 2.30 near me. Only after did it occur to me it might be you. I was sat in a corner next to a man who fell asleep and I managed to climb over him without waking him up!
Evening everyone, I've had No 3 today. So far so good, no side effects yet. I've been using Epimax morning and night to keep my skin moisturised and drinking loads of water (so much water that I had to stop on the way to the hospital and have a pee behind a hedge - not something I've done since being a small girl 😂) Also been drinking apple and ginger shots every day - not sure if it helps but I really like them and it makes me feel as though I'm doing something positive. I've got a rota of friends and family to take me to the hospital each day, I'm an hour away from Taunton so I think it helps to relieve the boredom of the drive. Maybe will bump into one of you ladies at future appointments. x
Thanks for replying. It's good to know that we ladies are trying to support each other going through this ordeal.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Britain would get this Proton Beam therapy instead of radiotherapy. Been reading up on it and it sounds great (well, as great as anything can be to do with cancer).
Not looking forward to starting rads this month. Breast is very sore with bad infection as the drain was left in for two weeks.
I have been reading all the comments about gel, ointment etc after treatment. Anybody know the most popular and effective?
Just seen the sun coming through -good omen !!!
Best wishes to you all
had my first meeting this morning with the oncologist and she was lovely. I have my CT scan and planning meeting this Friday and I'm going to wear my biker boots in readiness for my first ever tattoo!!
Im so relieved that it's definitely a big fat no to chemo, but have 15 sessions of rads and five boosters (because I'm 'only' 44) to look forward to. Will start towards the end of the month and will take the whole of December because of the Christmas period.
Having to wait longer as the radiotherapy dept in Singleton Hospital is just so busy. Oh and she says parking is a nightmare so I'd better make sure hubby or my dad can take me - at least that way they can drop me off and circle the car park till a space frees up!
i wasn't expecting the boosts, and though it's only 5 extra visits, the thought that it will now take a whole month is daunting. No Christmas or new year partying this year I think!!!
Sorry for the ramble! 😱😱
It was good to hear from someone in this area. It cheered me up a bit. My breast has an infection and though I have used a whole box of antibiotics it hasn't cured it. Seeing the local doctor tomorrow. My first rad is 23 Nov but I think it is too soon as I can't bear to touch my breast at all, it is too painful.
Hoping they will delay it in Exeter if I ask.
Aside from my medication I often chew mint gum. The chewing helps produce saliva which controls the acid and mint is always good for reflux. Try doing that if it comes on again? I will get some berocca - haven't used it in years. Was always good for a hangover 😌🍷
I suffer from acid reflux so take medication anyway, not been worse as yet. I'm up to 8 rads now and starting to feel a bit run down and tired. Not sure how much of this is psychological though??? Does anyone take vitamins etc?
The BC nurse suggested aloe Vera gel from Holland & Barret but the radiologist said since it's not 'pure' it won't moisturise sufficiently and gave me a tube of Epimax cream. No problem using aloe Vera gel as well if I think it helps but the main thing is to moisturise with the cream.
i hope everyone here feels comfortable moaning, sharing, laughing crying...whatever it takes. Like many of you I've been up and down and a bit all over the place at times. Couldn't have managed without the support here. Love to all xx
Hello Daffodil, ladies
Hope it's ok if I join your conversation. I am starting rads in November too in Exeter. So nervous as everything to do with my operation seemed to go wrong. I am on so many different tablets for the pain that I don't want to eat. I feel full up all the time. My spirits are at zero. I will stop moaning now as you all appear to be getting on with life and fighting back.
Good luck to everyone.
Congratulations Claire. How was your second one flossy? - we are almost matching timeframes though i am having 18. Hope everyone else is ok.
I had my first one today and it was ok except that the machine kept breaking so they had to line me up 3 times before they actually zapped me. The whole thing took an hour. Still at least I am now well practised in getting ready!
I feel ok, just a warm boob. For those already stared, how often are you creaming and when in the day. I'm not sure whether to just do it morning and evening, or straight after each zap, or as often as possible??
Janey, I am so, so pleased for you having finished your rads! Thank you for all the encouraging and supportive posts you put on for us. Have a well deserved rest if you can. Oh and in your own words..... cream, cream and cream!! X
Helen, I was doing the same and looking out in case you were in the waiting room too. Such a busy place though isn't it. Had my zap and follow up too. Was a bit late again but managed to get train ok. I'm more lunchtime appts now or early afternoon. Hope you have a good week. Sue x
I eventually started today (15 zaps!) My surgery was 5th Sept so it feels like I've been waiting and waiting. I just want to get it all over and done with. My planning meeting was about 2 weeks ago, I was most worried about the tattoo markers but actually they are so tiny I can't even spot them! Good luck with your treatment.
Hi Beth, Nothing is going to have changed from what you have been told since your tests, the oncologist appointment is just to run over the reasoning behind why they are recommending Radiotheraphy and for you to sign a consent form, your breast cancer nurse should be there as well, the planning meeting will be for a CT scan for them to mark you up and set you up for your treatment, totally painless so don't worry! The world will soon be your lobster again honestly! 😜 Xx Jo
im meeting my oncologist for the first time on Wednesday and I can't quite figure out why I'm so anxious about it all. I think I'm afraid they'll turn around and say 'you know how we said you don't need chemo because of your Oncotype score, we were wrong'. I've been told it's straight to rads by the team in the breast clinic (different hospital from where I'll have rads) but having waited 8 weeks from surgery I just want it to start now and get it all over and done with.
Is this the planning meeting everyone talks about or is that something different? Ho hum I'm having a fed up day today. Enough already. I've gone from Mrs confident and the world is my lobster, to this anxious fretter surviving on four hours sleep a night. God knows what state I'll be in after a two hour drive every day once rads start!
Sorry to whinge. I just want to get on, start my rads and start 2017 fresh and somehow get my confidence back. Perhaps I should write to Santa!!
Thank u for listening. X
So had my appointment today with the consultant who was lovely and she run through the procedure and side effects etc. Will be starting in the next 2 to 3 weeks, after the ct scan and markings, and will be having 15 rads and 5 boosts. I get the extra 5 apparently because I'm under 50 (only just, 50 in Jan !). Not sure why, but happy to go with whatever they recommend. Having mine at East Surrey hospital...anyone at the same?