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Starting rads in December

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I found the way the radiographers - male or female - handled my breast was very gentle and matter of fact (I have a lot!). All very calm and non-threatening. They weren't bothered so I wasn't bothered either. Normally I keep my bosoms very well covered in public.
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I think it's the principal and will fight for anyone. I'm toying with going wig less now anyway but I know some won't even let their other halves see them Un winged. The changing room is just the staff trying to cut corners it seems to be the only room like this being the oldest with an awkward layout the others are more user friendly and I'm sure the staff are so used to naked bodies they no longer think.
agree some days I am more touchy and yesterday I was unprepared for the dramatic change in procedure from what I'd been told and a bit worried about a sore boob. They will have mirrors and use the room by the time I've finished .
amazing how once your in treatment mode your body seems to not be part of you I wouldn't get them out in a communal changing room but a young man grabbing them on a treatment table is normal.
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Hi all,

 

I have completed 5 zappings. 1st three were fine, no problems.

 

Day 4, I felt ill after radiotherapy! Headache, slight nausea, muzzy head. 

 

Day 5, I reported my problem to the radiographer who advised me to drink lots of water, which I did immediately (3 cups in 5 mins!) and continued all day. Felt better than Day 4, but still not marvellous!

 

Dreading starting again tomorrow!!!

 

Best regards to all fellow zappees!

 

indigo52

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Take a small packet of baby wipes with you so that you can wipe the marks off before you get dressed 😉

Deelush x x 

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Just a little extra advice. Where a soft bra or if going bra less clothes that are dark or not expensive. I wore a nice white bra but it got ink marks on . They put ink marks on you everyday so when your finished and get dressed they could transfer on to your bra or clothes
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Mine starts tomorrow.  Reading some of these posts makes me think that the health professionals really minimise it.

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I'm starting tomorrow

 

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hI margart,

i started radiotherapy on 1st december. im having my right breast and supra clavicular fossa (for my remaining lymph glands) zapped! how about you? any ill effects so far? how are you coping? i was scared but looked brave! no soreness so far but i feel tired. dont know if that is just because of the stress of the situation.

best wishes

indigo52

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I'm waiting to start mix December. had my planning and dots..
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Hi Margart

I had my 1st rads today and it went really well. The whole thing took ages as 1st I had to have a chat with a radiologist about what was going to happen and she was able to answer any questions I had. She also gave me a tube of aqueous cream which she said was better than E45 when I asked if I could use it. The actual rads took longer than normal but the 1st one always does and they also took x-rays as well. She said the next 2 would take longer as well but after that it should be quicker. They all made me feel very relaxed  and now I know what to expect I won't be so anxious. I always think the first of anything is the hardest as it was when I had my first chemo. I will see an assement radiographer once a week to discuss how I am doing and can ask questions if I have any. I will get all my appointments for next week when I go tomorrow. Hope your 1st one on Monday goes well for you, what time is your appointment?

Best wishes SML xx

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Hi Margart.

I will be starting my rads on the 27th November so most treatments will be in December. I have been following the thread for November and have found it useful and the ladies on there have some good advice. 

Best wishes SML X

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Margat

Take a look at the November Rads thread. There's loads of good advice on there and great mutual support. Hopefully others who are just starting will join you on this thread. I've just finished my 15 and am starting my 5 boosters next week. I've been ok, skin fine apart from a burn that has developed under my boob but the prescribed Flamazine cream is very good. It seems each department has their own guidelines re moisturising so take advice from them. Best advice I think is go bra less as much as possible. And put your feet up when you can. I was dreading it but honestly it's really doable. The good part is that if you have any worries you have access to the medics on a daily basis, so use them to air your concerns and worries.
Good luck
Wemblo xxx
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Hi margat and welcome to the BCC forums, along with the support you will find here please also feel free to call our helpliners to talk any concerns or queries through. Lines are open 9-5 during the week and 10-2 Saturdays on 0808 800 6000

Here's the BCC information about radiotherapy which I hope you will find helpful:

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-information/treating-breast-cancer/radiotherapy

Take care
Lucy BCC

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Starting rads in December

new to this sit am about to start rads on first dec any advise welcome

Margat