As regards drinking water before and after radiotherapy I was told by keeping yourelf hydrated also keeps the skin hydrated so helps avoid burning!
Sorry to hear about your dad and I hope all is ok. As regards to missing a radiotherapy appointment I dont know the implications but have read many times on this site that due to the machine breaking down or other problems people have missed one and had it tacked on at the end so I assume from that there is a little bit of leeway if you need to be with your mum and dad.
Thinking of you and wishing you all the best xxxx
Yes it's a good idea to start using the cream daily for a couple of weeks before you start rads. I finished my rads in June and creamed before as I had read on here it was good to do that and I think it really helped with the burning. I got away without any burns, just soreness towards the end.
Also don't forget to drink plenty of water, especially before and after treatment. I took bottled water with me.
All the best
I had my planning meeting and tats on Wednesday and start radiotherapy on the 9th which will be 3 weeks to the day of my last chemo.
I had grade 2 idc stage 1 triple negative but caught really early. Had to have chemo due to no other treatment for triple negative and now ready to start rads. Chemo has been hard but still feel I got off light compared to many others. Now hoping radiotherapy will be far easier. Have been told to start with the aqueous cream now by a friend who went through it and she said it gets the skin in good condition for when rads start so will do that. I bought all simple shower gels and then got told by the hospital no dont use them only the simple bar soap bloody typical lol.
Heres hoping we all walk this part of the treatment. I have 15 days plus have 5 boosters so 20 days in total.
Good luck xxxx
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Hi there, I will be starting in October too, but probably a week behind you my planning appointment is on Tuesday (23rd). I have not had to have any chemo, just lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy luckily had good margins and no traces in lumph gland. Had my op on 26 August, still sore, but getting there. Best wishes Pam x
I had my planning session on Tuesday and am due to start radiotherapy on 13th October for 15 sessions. The last one will be on 31st October, then all my treatment will be finished, just 7 months from finding the lump at the end of March.
I had Grade 4 stage 1 triple negative, 20 mm lump on the left side. I had a 'lumpectomy' in May followed by a further 'slice' in June to get clear margins, then have had four cycles of EC with the last one yesterday. Fortunately I've hardly had any side effects, apart from losing my hair but I've got two super wigs. I wore a 'glam' Raquel Welch one (thank you NHS!) for my son's wedding on Sunday and felt a million dollars, much better than my usual hair style! The only other side effects I've had have been blisters on my toes which is probably athlete's foot - first time ever but because of my low immunity. Also watery eyes on and off, but fortunately 'off' for the wedding. I had the 'runs' after my second course but not since, so really I've got off very lightly. Let's hope radiotherapy is the same, particularly as my 91 year old mother will be staying with us for a month or so following 6 weeks in hospital recovering from a fall when she broke her right hip and shoulder so can't weight bear on her right arm yet and needs a lot of help.
I'd like to hear from anyone else starting in October.
Best wishes, Wendy