Hi Xena, I recognise you from the August Chemo thread! I start on 19th Dec til 19th January, am day 11 after last chemo and am feeling better every day since day 9. Chemical hangover slowly going away and not too fatigued yet. Good luck with the last SE of chemo, one day at a time x.
I have a question for you ladies....
When applying moisturising creams, do we need to then make sure it's all washed off and clean for the actual radiotherapy to make sure there's no residue on the skin or doesn't it matter? I'd want to plaster the moisturiser after a morning shower but do we have to have dry, clean skin for the session??
Angela, I have found I need to use my pump before rad sessions, and have found myself short of breath more often than usual This could be a SE from the letrozole, but could also be a side effect of the rads, as the rays go through a small section of the lung. It could also be made worse by anxiety, in my case, as I still haven't come to terms with the radiatiion. (Or the cancer, for that matter.)
Yay that is great well done.
The headache is probably a bit of stress about having your first one, but make sure that you do drink plenty as the rads can cause dehydration, and a headache.
I remember I had a calendar on my wall at work and each day i crossed off the prevous days session.
Mine settled down after a couple of months on tamoxifen but first of all I was very sensitive and could cry at anything which is not like me. Hardly ever have that happen now xxx
Fourteen out of 20 sessions done and looking forward to my last one next Tuesday. Very tired in the evenings now - a bit like a zombie to be honest and boob very red and nipple quite sore. Stopped using E45 as that made it worse and have now stopped using the Aveeno the radiographer recommended instead as although not as bad as the E45, I still think it's making things worse so think I'm better off with nothing! First month of Tamoxifen done too and still quite emotional at times. It creeps up on me when I least expect it and I'm finding that difficult as I'm usually someone who is strong and in control. Hoping I'll get back to normal soon!
When you see them tomorrow ask them what creams they recommend. When I went for my planning apt I was told to use E45 but check it out. I think unless you ask directly you will not get a clear answer.
Session 4/15 done and a review too which went exceptionally well. All is good and tomorrow I'm a third of the way through - where does the time fly to?
Done 6/15 = 40%
nearly half way suddenly!
it seemed such a long haul last week but feels doable now.
No ill effects except sleepiness and a slightly sore nipple
I’m using Jason Aloe Vera cream which is very soothing and creamy. I prefer it to E45 which I normally use as hand cream but is quite thick to use as a body cream. I also got the Jason shower gel so I have the aloe Vera smell all over!
Hi Justme - let's just say; each day I've been ready for my bed at 10 and no problem dropping off! But it's early days yet!
In addition to my normal drinks, I've been drinking a good 2 litres of water each day too.
Good luck tomorrow - it's really quick and a truly amazing piece of equipment! It's just a case of relaxing and let them put you in position! xx
It will dont worry. Good luck tomorrow, it will be a longer apt than normal tomorow as they double check all the measures etc and they give you a bit of a talk about what will happen, but after that they are usually only 10/15 mins from undress and dress again. Make sure you drink plenty and moisturise
Very good advise
I didnt have an mx or node clearance and I was told to keep my exercises going through rads and for a good month afterwards. Must admit the month afterwards went by the board very quickly, however I found in the summer that I was stiffening up a bit and started to do them again for a few days and it really helped.
I'm on my first weekend following 3 rad sessions and I would recommend anyone who's had mx and complete node clearance to keep that exercise sheet nearby - everything is starting to stiffen up again! More stretches required....!
Hello and you are very welcome to the thread regardless of when you start 🙂
Just a quick question, did you have a fitting when you went for the bra? I was amazed when I went to M&S to get mine as I was actually two cups sizes smaller than I thoought.
I know they do a lovely vest bra here is the link, dont know if it will be any good but I must admit I found it useful as an alternative to a bra. They are very soft and I did not find any problems with it at all in terms of getting it on and off.
In relation to tiredness, make sure you take in plenty of fluids, at least 2 litres a day they recommend, this will help with the potential dehydration effects of rad which can cause fatigue. How are you getting to the hospital.
Hello everyone! I've just had my last chemo so
Waiting for my schedule to come through. Due to start 22dec,but as this is a Friday they said will likely be 27/28 then continuing on in Jan.
So hope you don't mind me joining your DEC group, I'm traditionally late to everything, so skipping in on the tail end of DEC is very me!
Your posts so far have been helpful to read.
My concerns are tiredness and what bra to wear, I have a non wired from m&s but its totally the wrong size as they don't do a small enough back with big enough cup combi, but was the best I could find before surgery!!! Thinking a bralett but wondering if it may be hard to get over your head and bust if skin us tender???
Hello and welcome to the thread where as you say there is a lot of help and support on here.
Funny I started mine on 20 December last year and completed them on 19 January this year.
Hope you are recovering well from your last chemo and that is another milestone completed.
I've popped over from the August Chemo forum as I finished my chemo on Monday and am due to start RT on 19Dec til 19th Jan. Have read all your posts and they're so helpful already!!! Looking forward to sharing with you all.
I’ve been so tired every evening, which was a shock when it’s only my first week of treatment. I have managed a short walk each evening though, and today I got out in the sun for half an hour in my free period. But last night I was awake from 3-6am which doesn’t help. Im really hoping I’ll find it easier next week now I’m used to the process, otherwise I may have to take more time off. I really don’t want to as I love teaching and I’ve given up all the other things I enjoy already this term.
No sore breast yet - might I get away with it? When do people find that starts?
They will go quickly now and we will very soon be ringing the bells for you.
Know what you mean, been to work this morning and it is freezing here in Birmingham I dont think it has got above 1 degree today xxx
So I'm just about halfway there now (8 sessions to go) and today I'm really feeling quite tired for the first time. I think the 70 mile round trip each day adds to the tiredness, although my family and friends have been great, helping with lifts so I don't have to worry about the drive (or finding a parking space!). I'm snuggled up on the sofa now before the kids get home from school. I'm glad to be inside - it's freezing!
Hope you are all okay xxx
To be honest I never had the option of trying to stay awake if I got fatigue, my shoulders would go very heavy and next minute I would be asleep but it was onlyfor about 10/15 mins max and then I was awake and carrying on again, I think it is a matter of listening to your body it will definitely let you know xxx
Hello and welcome to the thread. I am not surprised that you were shattered that is some journey to do each way xx
I found that constant travelling to the hospital and back the worst of it, I drove and on some days I got caught in the rush hour traffic which was a nightmare.
Good afternoon ladies - well number 2 done - and still feel the same! Popped into supermarket on way back and got some more E45 cream....
Big question - do I have a nap now or fall asleep prompt tonight when I go to bed?!