Radiotherapy

Ht everyone'
Started my radiotherapy in Wednesday 2nd Jan, so had 3 so far had a break with the weekend back again on Monday will be full 5 day's .
Radiotherapy is painless although now noticing a little bit of soreness.
Think the most tiring part us having to go everyday.
Still small price to pay as a prevention to help stop it coming back again.
I was anxious for the first radiotherapy but iI'm ok now.
Wisteria xx

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  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 368 ✭✭✭
    Hi @wisteriablue ;

    Great to hear it's going ok with you in radiotherapy. With the soreness, just keep being generous with the moisturizer, if it gets worse, speak to the nurses, they can prescribe Fucibet, or Fucidin creams if it looks like becoming infected.
    Yes, the everyday part is tiring, when you factor in travelling to and fro can be at least two hours.
    Lots of rest inbetween.
    Glad the anxiety has settled down.

    Lou xx
  • RobertARobertA Posts: 258 ✭✭✭
    edited January 7
    Good evening @wisteriablue ;

    I have not had chemo, but I am  full of admiration for community members who have coped with its awful side effects and have bravely posted about their experiences. 
    I rather think that you will find the radiotherapy to be relatively straightforward after chemo.
    I had five weeks of radiotherapy directed in my pelvic area. I found it to be painless if somewhat disconcerting at first.  I did get tired by the third week and I was pretty happy when it was all over. 
    Like Lou, I am delighted that the anxiety has settled down and I will be pleased if you can find the time to keep us posted about your progress. 

    Rob x


  • wisteriabluewisteriablue Posts: 17
    Thank you to you both Rob and Lou ,appreciate your comments and support, will keep you updated.
    Wisteria x
  • DianeDiane Posts: 5

    Hi iam new on hear iam feeling worried i start 3 weeks of radiotherapy on 25 march at freeman hospital just wandering if anyone else feels same way

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 368 ✭✭✭

    @Diane

    Hi Diane,

    Welcome to the group, lovely to have you with us.

    Is radiotherapy the start of your treatment?

    Depending on which area is being targeted it really isn’t as scary as you think. Mostly you have to lie very still while the medics line you up in the right position. That can take a while. The radiotherapists will talk you through it in great detail. Going down to the hospital everyday will be tiring, and the treatment will also make you tired. Use plenty of moisturiser on your skin everyday. They will keep a check in your skin reaction to make it doesn’t become infected if it is sore.

    There are many here who are also going, or have gone through it. I hope you will find it helpful to chat with others who understand.

    Keep in touch, let us know how you get on.

    Lou x

  • wisteriabluewisteriablue Posts: 17

    Hi Diane hope you are well, I recently went through radiotherapy for 3/weeks and was quite anxious at the beginning, but after the first session found that there was nothing to worry about it doesn't hurt at all only takes about 15mins and part of the time it's being positioned, just as Rob and Lou advised me previously,

    I used E45 to moisturise with you only need use it sparingly the hardest and most tiring part is having to go every day,, but small price to pay and it soon passes.

    Good luck and don't worry it will be fine nothing to worry.

    Wisteria xxx

  • wisteriabluewisteriablue Posts: 17

    Hi, finished my treatment, I am now on preventative treatment which is herceptin injections every 3 weeks an d letrozole tablets, the herceptin finishes in July,

    It has been a long year but I came through the other side, from chemo surgery and radiotherapy.

    And now starting to get back to work for a few hours.

    Never give up people and be brave as you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Best wishes to you all.

    Wisteria xxxx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭

    Hi Wisteria,

    I’m so pleased that you are doing so well and have come out of the other side of the surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. Pleased you feel well enough to start return to work. I expect you will ease in gently. It’s so good to hear the good stories! It gives us hope whilst we have our surgery, chemo going on. My friends and family keep telling me how brave and positive I am (well Of course I don’t always feel that way) but I think I have a strong survival instinct and I like my life! So that helps me. My four little grandchildren need Nana! I am looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. Well done to you. Keep in touch to let us know what it’s like on the other side and we need your encouragement! Thank you! I’m recovering from latest chemo last Friday. I’m getting there.

    Have a great day.

    Lv Jackie x

  • wisteriabluewisteriablue Posts: 17

    Hi Jackie, great to hear from you, you definatly have the right attitude, it's a battle and you will win, I took one day at a time, thinking that the next day will be a better than the last and looking forward to the time when I was in the up week after chemo, trust me the time will soon pass and you will csee the light at the end of the tunnel, stay positive stay brave you are marvelous, how many chemo sessions have you to go, I had 8.

    See you at the end of the tunnel.

    Lve Wisteria xx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭

    Thank for your reply. Yes that’s what I found last time one day at a time and a better week. I have chemo every other week and the second week was better. I’m having it over 6 months. So 13 sessions I guess. I do the same, one day at a time Hoping the next will be better. I’m only one month in on chemo so early days I know. Thanks for your encouragement and I wish you a good life well lived!

    Take care

    love Jackie x 🙋‍♀️

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 368 ✭✭✭

    Hi @wisteriablue

    Congratulations!!!👏🏼👏🏼🎉🎉, wonderful news that you have reached the end of treatment. Just in time for the start of Spring, very apt. I hope your recovery from radiotherapy and all the previous treatment goes really well.

    Take it easy, enjoy living these new days before you. So very pleased for you.

    It is always such good news to hear when others make it through to the end of treatment and can move on.

    Be blessed, wishing you well.

    Lou x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 258 ✭✭✭

    @wisteriablue @jacksprat_x1

    Good afternoon ladies,

    You are both doing so well and I am fascinated by your stories. You are both marvellous and I am so pleased that you have come so far Wisteria. You next Jackie.😀 Onwards and upwards.

    My treatments are pretty tame compared to what you are going through, but people do tell me how brave I am. Ha, I am not so sure because I did not choose cancer and most of my friends and family have no idea of the inner struggles I sometimes feel.

    Well, I’m off for a practice on my piano, very therapeutic. I am working on ‘Love of my Life’ by Freddie Mercury. It sounds great on the piano, or it will when I stop playing bum notes. 🎹

    Rob x

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭

    @RobertA

    I think because you look so well people don’t realise what is going on internally and within your headspace Rob. I do sympathise with you about the fatigue.

    You have a good practice! I’m going to listen to that song now to keep you company! I had hoped I would be singing tonight at Folk Club my friends were going to try to take me but noooo!!! I feel sleepy and sickly today. Never mind there will be other days! The weather is awful here so staying in the warm.

    My dear Son James who writes and performs, wrote me a song at the weekend! O my did it make my eyes leak! One of the lines were “ you know you are so much more than a Mother to me” Enjoy your music Rob! 🎹🎼🎧🎤

    Lv Jackie xx

    😊

  • wisteriabluewisteriablue Posts: 17

    Hi Rob, thank you for your good wishes, I'm so pleased for you that you have your music to help you.

    I think that anyone who has dealt with some kind if cancer are all brave and courageous. Even though we don't know it or feel it. Because we just get in with it

    The fear of the C word is terrifying to everyone who haven't.

    And like you say the things that you can't see, are just as hard and can't be seen.

    Wishing you well always and have fun enjoy your music.

    Lve Wisteria x

  • KotsKots Posts: 2

    Hi Diane, I had 4 weeks if radiotherapy at the freeman in jan/Feb this year. I found the staff were lovely and explained everything all the way through. I was apprehensive before I started but found that the radiotherapy was much easier than chemo! Will be thinking of you on Monday, hopefully you'll feel better after the first one is out of the way. x

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