It will be the same time for each treatment but I went on a different machine a few times and it took longer so I asked why and was told I had been given the same dose but the older machine takes longer to give it. So just wondered if you were on the same machine all the time.
Only time it takes a bit longer is if you are having boosts at the end of treatment
morning all .. im on last 4 days of radiotheraphy (boosters) suffering from burns to how nipple area 😞 the gel the hospital gave me isnt doing anything. anybody had burns ? anybody know a good cream/gel to help with this please... including 8 boosters ive had 23 sessions and cant wait till thursday comes so my body can start to heal .also having herceptin every 3 weeks i have 12 more of them and also on tamoxifen for 5 years been on them for a month and not side affects as of yet other than hot flushes but i think since chemo ive had them.anybody else really teary ? crying everyday at the mo and very snappy 😞 .. hope your all doing well 🙂 xx
Hi Lynne I am by nature a positive person so it does help. I defo did too much on Friday, plenty of rest over this weekend and maybe a glass of wine or two. Good advice from your radiologist. Have a wonderful holiday, will keep you posted
I'm starting radiotherapy tomorrow morning with 15 sessions planned, so should be all finished with my cancer treatment on 31st October, just 7 months from finding the lump. I hope I have as few side effects with this as I did with chemo. Apart from my hair loss (thank heaven for my lovely wigs!) and athlete's foot I felt amazingly fine throughout. Good luck to anyone starting this week.
Hi i finished chemo 24 sep and got planning 21 oct then check planning 3 nov and start 4 nov which will make 6 weeks from chemo im so worried this is far to long im trile neg with lots of nodes involved i did ring them and my onc has to be present and she away next week please any advice will help
Well 4 sessions done, my wound looks a bit red again, and the soreness inside my boob that I had just got rid of is back, but no more sore than it was say 2/3 weeks ago. I had almost got rid of a cough when I started but its back, I mentioned it yesterday and the nurse it would be because I will get getting abit 'low' so my interpretation of that is that my body is fighting the rads now not my cough. But so far so good, we will see.
In answer to your question of time delay for radiotherapy. I had the operation to remove the cancer on 9th June and started radiotherapy at Norfolk & Norwich on 11th August and finished on 1st September. 15 doses and no boosters as I had a small cancer, clear margins and no lymph glands were affected.
My week in Scotland was just perfect. A modern house with picture windows, on the seashore in Galloway with fine warm weather and no bugs! There were 5 of us at the house and we took turns to cook and I could forget about my treatments and just relax. Perhaps being by the sea helped keep the bugs away which I was pleased about as mosquitos make a bee-line for me. I had 4 lymph nodes out this time and a biopsy in the same place many years ago (I don't know how many they took out then but I had a very long scar). I believe July and August are bad in dull weather for the Scottish midge but May should be OK and is a nice month.
Funny how all hospitals are different. Where I went we weren't offered gowns - you just stripped to the waist in the treatment room and put your clothes on a chair next to the machine lol
Hope you are all doing well with your treatment
Hi Lynne Will do, I am still sore on the inside and have a very sensitive nipple, the scar on my breast looks not to bad to say, under my arm is healed but very red, need to get on with the treatment now Pam x
Hi Atat. Well I guess it wasn't a general corridor but it wasn't a nice place to wait. At the Norfolk & Norwich all the radiotherapy patients for the 5 Linacs sit in a waiting room (no windows and freezing air conditioning) until they are called to go to some cubicles to change. We had to put our belongings in a plactic supermarket basket and take them along the corridor to sit outside the rooms that the staff use to monitor the Linacs. You have to wait until they come and get you to go in for treatment. At least when you were lying on the machine they have a picture of a cherry tree on the ceiling, lit to make it look like a ceiling window, so you could look and think nice thoughts. They played some background music but I couldn't really make out what music it was as it was very low and the machines aren't quiet. I found it all rather scary but the staff were lovely. Hope your experience was better and that you are doing well now.
My hospital said only Simple soap, aqueous cream or E45, no deodorant with metal in it. I found that I had reactions if I used anything except the simple soap or aqueous cream. I used shampoo for new borns too so I didn't get anything perfumed on the breast during showers. I finished rads on Sept 1 and the oncologist was pleased with how my skin was but two weeks later I got dark red marks under my arm, sore and the skin eventually peeled. It has healed well now but I don't know if it was just the rads or the fact I used E45 shower gel under my arm before the marks appeared. Better to be careful as it is no fun being sore! I got really fed up with no deodorant in the summer. I find the Pitrock crystal spray stuff works well. Also I needed soft seamless bras all the time as my breast was a bit swollen and the area where my nipple was/scar now is exactly where most bras have seams. Best to go get soft bras beforehand as you don't want to keep trying on bras when you are sensitive. I too found the hospitals freezing cold and took a dressing gown to wear while waiting outside the Linac in the corridor.
As mentioned my radiotherapy starts this Tuesday, a little apprehensive but its got to be done, good luck to you, have a good holiday. We have booked for 3 weeks in January to Egypt - cant wait.
I was told I could wash with simple soap only but had to be the bar not the shower gel. Also to use Aqueous BP cream twice a day. No deoderant at all or other soaps until at least two weeks after radiotherapy finished.
Hope this helps.
I had my rads in May and started on a Tuesday and then had a bank holiday into the time. So I had a 4 day first week then a normal 5 day week, then a 4 day week and then 2 more days the last week. So during my 15 treatments I had two three day gaps.
Hope you are all doing well - it does pass quite quickly once you get started.
The tiredness didn't kick in for me until probably about day 11 but that can take a good few weeks to clear so try to be kind to yourself and take things as easy as you can