I am surprised you have managed to get an appointment so soon after your op to discuss radiotheraphy sessions . I had surgery 8 weeks ago and my appointment is in 2 weeks time and I understand at some point after the 15/10 will the sessions begin.
I went back to work today having beeen off sick following my op for 8 weeks and I struggled mentally . I am 49 years old . I really found today quite daunting , strange being there . I was also exhausted as I had to drive to work which is an hour away from where I live and go into work just for 3 hours and then drive back home.
My employers want me to work part-time hours until my radiotheraphy commences in a few weeks time however my employers are reluctant having to sign me off work for another 3 weeks whilst I have radiotheraphy
They have mentioned that they may be able to offer me flexible working arrangements from home even if its for a few hours however my concern is I wont know how I will feel whilst going through the treatment daily . I do not now what my energy levels are going to be like throughout.
It will take me at least an hour to get to the hospital for treatment as my local hospital is unable to provide this and again I am reluntant to drive there in case i suffer from fatigue etc
Other alternatives would be to find someone to drive me there daily 5 days a week x 3 weeks or ask the hospital to provide transport for me however I understand with hospital transport , they pick other passengers up on route so an hour journey may take up to 2 hours for arrival plus I need to factor in the waiting time in hospital and what time the return journey home will be
I am wondering whether it is best just to get my GP to sign me off for 3 weeks or attempt to work at some hours daily ?
I would say that you are better off speaking to your GP/ breast care nurse for guidance on what is good for you .
Occupational Health have scheduled a telephone interview with me next monday to go through Rads process so I will be interested to hear there view and what they propose would be in my best interests
Hope all goes well with you and you are making good progress healing
Don't feel guilty, Honeymoonop, cancer is such a difficult disease to deal with and each person reacts differently. Can you postpone your decision about work until you've had your radiotherapy planning session, and have been able to discuss your programme and likely side effects with the clinical oncologist?
You don't say what your treatment plan is. Presumably you're not having chemo as you're about to start rads, so at least that's that problem out of the way.
Rads won't start untll your wound(s) have healed. Have you had to have any lymph nodes removed?
If you are getting the usual programme for rads, it's likely to be 15 sessions on 15 consecutive weekdays (no weekends), each session lasting about 10 to 15 minutes. (Don't take that as gospel - programmes can vary according to the patient's pathology.)
Most people find having to go into the hospital radiology department every day for 15 weekdays is in itself very tiring. Then there is the effect of the radiotherapy itself; the effects can continue for two to three weeks after the treatments have finished. Then there is also the emotional effect.
Different people cope differently, but don't overestimate what you can deal with. If your employer is sympathetic and is ready to give you plenty of time off, I would make the most of it. Have a chat with your Breat Care Nurse before committing yourself to any strict timetable, and talk to your GP.
All the best. You'll find, once you are into the treatment programme, it passes faster than you initially expect.