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Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

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willowherb
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Re: Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

I too was left side and breath hold.

 

I was worried about the count to 20, but it was unnecessary... they did it in 4 burts  - 2 short (about a count of 6)  and then 2 longer (13-15) .

 

I got so practised at it that I sometimes breathed in too much and had to let some out !

Gill3105
Community Champion

Re: Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

Hi ladies.  I was left side and breath hold.  This is how I did it and seems to work everytime.  Remember that machine won’t start till you are at breath hold stage, so when you hear that voice saying “hold when ready” they mean when your ready so don’t rush it.  Focus on the breath in.   Breath in through the mouth and at the same tune raise your chest.  When chest is risen and breath is at home stage but close mouth and push tip of  tongue to the roof of your mouth “hold” concentrate on tongue and hold that breath.  It worked for me so worth giving it a try it might work for you lovelies also x. 

Jewels994
Member

Re: Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

I’ve just got back from my planning appointment. I’ve got to do the breath holding as well. I was ok during the practice runs but when they did the ct scan I got anxious and it took a few tries to get it right. Wasn’t mentioned to me about a clip either

Julie xx

Pjf0265
Member

Re: Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

Thank you , that's really helpful. I have been practising but that sounds a good idea to try with a timer. A clip on the nose wasn't mentioned in the rad planning so hopefully I won't need that ! 

I am getting quite anxious about it all and have been waking up in the night for a couple of hours ! I try not to think about it but it's hard ! 

Sending love to you too and hope that your recovery is going well xx

madmaggie
Member

Re: Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

Hi, yes I did breath hold. Didn't like having the clip on my nose but the staff were wonderful and always did that as the very last thing before they left the room. Didn't find holding my breath easy, especially in the beginning but I practised at home using the timer while I was cooking, which seemed to help. Crazy the things we end up doing!  If you can't hold for long enough don't worry, the machine does stop and you can start again. I found closing my eyes and relaxing as much as possible helped a bit. Difficult I know when you've got the machine close by doing it's thing, but if you start getting anxious or worried, it makes it harder to hold.

Sending love and hope all goes well.

Pjf0265
Member

Has anyone had to do breath holding during radiotherapy !,

Hi all,

i start radiotherapy on July 2nd ! Due to it being on my left reconstructed breast , I am having to hold my breath for about 20 seconds at certain times during the session to protect my heart and lungs! I have been practising and am finding it quite difficult to hold it for that length of time without coughing! Has anyone else had this problem ? The radiographer did say the machine will shut down and will be restarted when I am ready !

would be great to hear from anyone xx