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December 2018 Radiotherapy

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Fezzy

 

It might be worth just giving your rads team a call and see what they can suggest.

 

Helena xx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Kathy

 

Hello and welcome to the thread, glad that you have things sorted out and are getting ready to start rads.

 

With regard to fatigue if does not always follow that you will get fatigue.  I was advised to drink 2 litres of fluid a day as this would help with potential dehydration from the rads which may cause fatigue, also I think it depends on the journey you have to do each day. 

 

Helena xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Janie

 

Hello and welcome to the thread.  I am sure you will get loads of help and support on here, any questions just ask and someone will be able to help you.

 

Helena xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

hi  I am 2 weeks post rads and for the last weeks I have got progressively more sore first it was under my breast which is still red but not so sore now but now it is where my scar is very itchy and sore, I have tried aloe vera which did calm the redness down. The whole area of radiotherapy is covered in red itchy spots , but at least the skin is still intact.  I have even resorted to calamine lotion which did calm the itching for a while, anyone got any advice of anything else to try. I suppose it will take time. Mavit hope you start to get better soon.  Fezzy x

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Helena ( lady bowler)
Thanks . Post Rads day 3. Still feeling sore and very itchy . Finding uncomfortable wearing soft cotton bra having to moisturize few times daily .
Been drinking plenty of fluids however keep running to the Loos lol
Hope you are all doing well xx
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi

 

After a delay of a few weeks because I chose to change centres, I start radiotherapy on Monday - having had two lots of tattoos done at the different centres. Much happier with where I am now - at least so far.

 

How soon before the fatigue is likely to kick in, or does it vary?

 

Good wishes to all.

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi ladies,

 

 I am joining this thread as I will start radiotherapy on 18th December. Brief history is that I was diagnosed with a large area of DCIS and a large invasive tumour ( they thought it was 5cm but it was actually 4cm). It was triple positive so I had neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, which resulted in a full pathological response to the invasive tumour ( all the tumour had gone), but due to the size of the DCIS I had to have a mastectomy. It has been a long journey from finding a lump on 1st May. I wish all the December ladies well. We can do this!

 

Best wishes

Jane xx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

mavit

 

Sorry it is day late, however ringing the bell for you today on completing your rads.  Re the fatigue, are you still taking in plenty of fluid as that will help with the dehydration which can cause the fatigue

 

Sending you hugs

 

Helena xxx

 

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hello everybody

I have been posting under November Rads thread updating on treatment. I am pleased to say that yesterday I finished my 4 week course of Rads.

I am so relieved and feel that a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

With regards to treatment , I am suffering from fatigue and enjoyed having a lay in bed and will be spending the run up to Christmas and New Year resting up before going back to work in the NY.

I feel very sore plus my breast is bright red , got sore during the last booster week. Luckily no cracks only dryness ..

The radiographers were all nice and very supportive. They gave me hydrogel to apply to the affected area and cool pads to wear under my bra on my breast which helps .

I am so glad I no longer have to make that dreaded commute to hospital daily.

My 6 week follow up appt is scheduled for 28 Jan 2019 plus I have enrolled on the BCC moving forward course which starts mid Jan 2019.

Hopefully in the New Year I will be able to get back to normality and focus on my health and well-being.

I hope those undergoing Rads are doing ok and wish all the best to those scheduled to have treatment.

Best wishes xx 😘
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi,

I found out yesterday I start on the 17th. I just need some Aveeno or E45 I think. I have 4 weeks including 5 days which are a boost. I went to an open evening last night so saw behind the scenes. I had a Therepeutic Mammoplasty and had chemo first  (7 FEC-T).

 

bw,

Linda x

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

I will ask them today. I’ve heard of it.
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

katiepoo

 

Ask you rads team what they can give you.  I know when the area around my nipple got sensitive and looked like it might be starting to break down the rads murse gave me a polymem dressing, it is supposed to be for burns however I used to cut a square of it and put it between my bra and skin and it helped with the rubbing xx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Has anyone got any tips on what to put between my bra and nipple?
I’m on Day 5/15 today of rads. All going ok so far🤞
I had WLE in September, but developed an infected haematoma 3 weeks later which opened up the scar.
More surgery and three times a week dressing changes for 5 weeks. I’ve removed the dressing this week, but my nipple has been so sensitive since then.
I dont want to go back to dressings as pyscologically i needed to see my wound/scar and get used to it.
I am using Aveeno cream
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Adrift

 

What a wonederfully thoughtful thing to do, I am sure you are going to get so much joy and pleasure from opening a present every day and so nice that they have included something for the days when you are not having rads xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share a random act of kindness that I have received. Someone from my local church, knowing that I was starting radiotherapy on Tuesday, gave me a carrier bag full of 22 wrapped gifts. She explained that they are one for every day of my treatment (including weekends). The gifts, she said, were small and silly, but to me,the sentiment and care taken with wrapping them speaks volumes. So far I have opened a mini stollen, a water bottle, and 2 packs of tissues. I feel so lucky as the gifts give me something to look forward to after each treatment :-).

Has anyone else experienced such kindness, or are there any other tips to lift our spirits as we go through the treatment?

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi everyone

 

I had a WLE and sentinel node biopsy in October and started 15 sessions of radiotherapy last Thursday, so I'm one week down, two to go.

 

Up until today the worst thing for me has been travelling there and back.  I am having to use a taxi because I have early appointments, and it was late one day and I got really stressed and upset. 

 

This morning I started to itch and the skin is quite red in a few areas on the breast and under the arm.  I mentioned it to the radiographers this morning and they had a look.  They are going to keep an eye on it, but think that there is one patch that the nurse may need to put a dressing on.

 

I've been using Aveeno cream but I saw my GP today for a regular appointment and he has given me a prescription for some Centraben cream so I will see how that goes.

 

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Fezzy

 

Ask your rads team about polymemo which is a dressing to help with after efffects of rads, my rads team gave me some as I was suffering a bit with the area around my mipple and I just used to put it between my bra and skin it really helped xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

shirleyvalentine

 

Oh that sounds a wonderful way of celebrating the end of your rads have a wonderful time.

 

I am doing really well thank you xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

hi Shirleyvalentine looks like we are at the same stage, feel exactly the same as you that life has been on hold for the last five months, must admit to feeling down that my skin has gotten so sore now, just feeling impatient to be able to get back to feeling normal. so pleased that you are ok and enjoy your London day out with your husband.  Fezzy x

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Awww shame Fezzy, hope the stuff works for you. I’ve been using antihistamines for the last two weeks, seem to work, but I can’t wear any of my lovely winter jumpers though as it prickles too much even through shirts and vests!

Im so glad people share their reactions during and post rads so I’m well prepared for the next couple weeks good or bad. But... I do know it’s not forever. I’m going out to London on Saturday to celebrate the end of my active treatment with my husband, I felt like everything has been on hold for the last 5 months. No idea what to wear... two scars, bright red spotty skin and can’t wear a bra... but... don’t care... while I feel relief at the moment I’ll take that, as I don’t know how I’ll feel a few months down the line, so for now I’m feeling positive and that’s great.

Thank you for the bells Helena xxx hope you’re doing well too.
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I am 7 days post radiotherapy today, thought I was doing great no real issues with burns etc, then today incredibly itchy very sore under my boob, my skin hasn't broken so my GP prescribed barrier cream and antihistamines for the itching and told me to carry on with the Aveeno cream, thought it was too good to be true that I would get off without any probs. think it must have been the 5 boosts that tipped me over the edge.  best wishes to all,   Fezzy x

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

I’m having my 3rd session today. I wasn’t advised on a particular cream, just not to use a Parafin based one. I’m using Aveeno which as my appointments are at 3pm I use in the morning and rub in well, whilst I’m getting dressed after the rads and before i go to bed.
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

shirleyvalentine

 

Woo hoo ringing the bell for you tonight, well done, what will you do with all that spare time now Smiley Happy Smiley Happy.

 

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Helena xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Finished today! 20/20 and I am delighted! All my weekends are now mine! Didn’t think I’d be so pleased, but the last week dragged. I’m a bit sore, a bit itchy and I’ll just pace myself over the next couple of weeks. Got a lovely hug from one of the nurses which was nice. There IS light at the end of the tunnel so good luck to everyone going through December and beyond, you can do it!! Xx
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Thanks Helena,

I went for my first appointment this morning, and nothing was said about timings for moisturising, I also wasn't asked when I had used the cream. Maybe it is the preference of the radiographers?

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Adrift

 

I was recommended to use E45, I think it varies between hospital trusts.  One thing I was told not to apply the E45 less than 2 hours before I had a rads session, what I used to do was take it with me and apply it immediately after my session whilst I was gettng dressed.

 

Helena

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi there,

My radiotherapy starts tomorrow, and I have been told the 15th (last) session will be on 27th December. I have been using E45 for the last couple of weeks in preparation, but at the lymphoedema clinic today I was given Epaderm cream as a light starter, and also Epaderm ointment, which is heavier and oiler in case the burns get too bad. The information I was given today suggested you shouldn't use an aqueous cream, but it was the first time I had heard that - has anyone else been told that? I also hadn't heard that the cream should be applied more than 2 hours before treatment, which could be  a problem for me as I have early appointments! Thanks for the tip abut applying when you are getting dressed. 

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hope you are not suffering with the Tamoxifen side effects too much. I too have 15 sessions to look forward to and at the end I will start the tamoxifen. I have had menapause symptoms since starting the chemo, so have had a little glimps into the future, Sally xx
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Thank you , your message is both helpful and positive. I've only got 15 sessions to look forward to with a break for christmas and new year. I understand about the traveling , it takes me about 1 1/2 hours to get to the hospital, I am vey lucky as here we have a good bus service,
Love x
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi Ladies,

I started radiotherapy on the 27th Nov - 15 session (thankfully) with 4 already down. I finish on the 17th Dec.

I got cream from the hospital - Aquamax. I’ve been applying 2/3 times a day. My left breast (my cancer side) has been a bit painful like electric shocks going through along with being a little bit swollen. I did ask the team at the hospital and they said that was normal after reconstruction but I’m seeing a doctor on Monday. I’ve also taken the advice of 2 litres of water - I’ve bought this huge 2.2 litre water bottle to keep me in track. Not feeling too bad at present.

I also started taking Tamoxifen on Wednesday- just waiting for the dreaded side effects to kick in. 1 thing I have noticed is my wee is foamy (never had this before) - no sure if that’s normal. I think I will meantion it to the oncologist.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Maggie
Xxxx
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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

sally

 

I used E45 throughout my rads as that was what my team advised me to do.  I moisturised 2/3 times a day, tey do advise you to moisturise not less than two hours before a session.  I used to take my cream with me and applied it after my session whilst I was getting dressed again.

 

Difficult to explain what rads feel like.  I didnt really feel anything whilst having it.  I dont know that fatigue is a given, however they do recommend you take it a good 2 litres of fluid a day as rads can cause dehydration which in turn has the potential to cause fatigue.  Added to that you have the thing of going to and from the hospital every day which can take it out of you.  The best thing is to listen to your body and rest when you need it.

 

The R1 and R2 are a moisture cream and a cooling gel, which if you are advised to use, it varies from hospital to hospital, you have to use from the first day.  Other hospital suggest Aveeno.

 

To be honest the only thing about the rads was  i got a senstive nipple towards the end of the session, which they gave me a dressing to use to protect it a bit, and the fact that I had to go every week day for nearly 5 weeks, I hated my life being controlled by that apt. 

 

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

I have bin told  to use only E45 cream. so what are  R1 R2  creams?  So what does radiotherapy feel like,? is fatigue a given ? When should I moistrise, inadvance, or just before and after zapping? 

Sorry so many questions,  all this feels very exciting, but will probable be very ordinary when it starts. 

Thanks love Sally

 

 

 

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Carrie

 

Hello and welcome to the thread/  I remember hearing about the R1 R2 creams and all of it was very positive.

 

Helena xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

sallyann

 

Hello and welcome to the thread.  Well the key as they have probably told you is to moisturise regularlly, drink plenty of fluids and listen to your body.

 

Helena xxx

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi x I started yeserday s will be going into December.  I am two down and thirteen to go.  I have been lucky in that my GP prescribed R1 and R2 cream so I am hoping that they do their magic Smiley Happy x

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Re: December 2018 Radiotherapy

Hi

I had my tatts done today ready for the first treatment on December 13th. All being well and all the calculations have been made. I have just 3 weeks of treatment I think but will be given a time table/callender after my first one.  I have bin given a sexy blue gown to take with me for all the treatments, I love the velco opening sides! This is stage three of my treatments, so if this goes as easily as the others,  I will start the new year with a bang not with a worrysquib.

Sallyann XX

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December 2018 Radiotherapy

Ladies

 

Started a new monthly thread for those ladies who are continuing into December with your rads and also for the ladies who will be starting this month, you will get lots of help and support from the other ladies.

 

helena xx