i have just been told I shall need radiotherapy, probably starting 16February. Originally told that it wasn't always necessary but doctor feels I should have it. So having spent the last couple of weeks thinking it might not be necessary have to come to terms with needing it. So would be interested in joining a February rads thread.
im going to open up a February rads thread if anyone is interested. Would be good to see you over there.
Just been reading with interest the top tips for radiotherapy.
After a lumpectomy and SNB just before Christmas I'm going for my radiotherapy planning appointment this afternoon. Feeling very lucky that chemo wasn't needed for me. I'll be asking lots of questions this afternoon (I like information!), and will stock up on the recommended freezer items.
I'll be having treatment on my birthday, thinking of attaching balloons for that session!
Good luck with your treatment ladies.xx
Hiya, if you go on to the radiotherapy thread and winter warmers you will find loads of useful info on there from those of us who have gone through radiotherapy in the last few months.
I would say:
1. drink plenty of fluid, this is to stave off dehydration which can lead to fatigue
2. moisturise twice daily, you need to ensure you do not put it on less than two hours before your apt, E45 is what the all recommend, however there is something called R1R2 that you have to got prescribed by your GP and that is the only thing you use through, apparently it is two different lotions, one is a moisturiser and the other is a cooling gel, but you need to use it from the get go of rads.
3. get plenty of rest, the travelling to and fro from the hospital can be very tiring
You will quite likelly find that the effect of the rads will start hitting you about half way through.
I finished my rads last Thursday but I have been advised that around two weeks after you finish is when it can cause you to be fatigued.
Good luck and know that you can always come on here and ask advise from the other ladies as you need to.
I am likely to start radio in Feb 2017. A friend has passed on the following tip - quite serious, honestly. Keep a Savoy cabbage in the fridge. When your breast is hot just remove one leaf and apply it! Perfect rounded shape after all ...
no personal experience but I think I'll be willing to give it a go!
I didn't need chemo but I have done the radiotherapy. I was 'looking forward' to having a few minutes every day where I could shut my eyes and relax. Well you can forget that! Each session actually took 36 seconds. Yes seconds. It was a walk in the park, honestly. I was given Aquamax before the sessions started and I started using it every day for a couple of weeks before treatment started. I then used it twice a day during treatment, and then (like the other lady) bought pure Aloe Gel and kept it in the fridge for when you start to itch. And you probably will. You may pink up a little but it stops about 10 days after treatment stops.
Oh and take a tissue in case you start to dribble in the waiting room! Occasionally the appointments ran a bit late and I had a bit of a wait. Well, I used to fall asleep at the drop of a hat - they called me Snoozy!
Best of luck. This last bit is not even a hurdle!
I would say drink plenty of water, tons and tons. The radiotherapy can create toxins in your system that can cause tiredness and need flushing out.
Also, use a moisturiser daily (they will suggest one) and if they suggest a soap, use it properly over the area. Get some 99.99 % aloe vera gel if you pink up, and keep it in the fridge to soothe your skin.
Find out exactly which area is being treated for your moisturiser. That's it I think!
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