How much worse were side effects after your last treatment?
I am done my radiation tomorrow. I have had 14/15 whole breast radiation treatments. My skin/breast in general is holding up well. I'm a bit pink and slightly/moderately itchy along my reduction scar line. I'd say it's a 3/10 right now. Fatigue is another story. It was fine until about half way. I have days where it's 7/10. I can hardly get to radiation and back. I'm so tired, conversations are exhausting. Some days are more like a 4 or 5/10.
How much worse did side effects get for you? I keep reading/being told it gets worse before better for both skin and fatigue. None of the literature is all that specific- just says peaks at 1-2 weeks and then gets better.
Thanks ahead of time for sharing your experience!
Edit: I am 1 day post radiation. I figured I would update along the way for anyone else who finds the post. I finished treatment on a Monday. I felt like I had recouped some on Sunday and was ok Monday. Today I'm pretty tired again. Biggest complaint after fatigue is breast itching along my breast reduction scar on the underneath of the breast. Bathing and saline soaks do work well.
Edit: finished May 2nd and today's May 5th and I feel like things are starting to heal, not get worse. Fatigue is still present but local reaction's seem to be less itchy. I'm still pink but I don't perceive that I'm getting more pink. I was really worried it would get significantly worse, but I don't think that will happen. Fatigue wise it comes in waves. I'll feel normal and be excited and then it comes at me and I'll have to rest. Yesterday I went for two walks, small grocery shopping and cooked supper. That's on top of normal stuff like getting kids ready and lunches etc. It felt difficult but doable.
Edit: May 6th (4 days post radiation) I had a really good day. I'm tired but I worked the whole day and did other things.Things do not appear to be getting worse. My skin is intact. Still itchy and pink but it's not getting worse.
Edit: May 14- 12 days post last rads. Skin is definitely healing. Not very itchy or sore anymore. Slight red/tan look. Energy is still touch and go. Sometimes I have a great day and it feels all back to normal. Other days it's difficult to hold a conversation. I did go swimming 10 days out and it went fine. It definitely didn't get to much worse from the last day.
Edit: October 11th- my breast swelled up after radiation and was fairly uncomfortable for a few months. Now 5 months later it’s much better. I have a dark line on my radiated breast but it doesn’t bug me. My energy is much better too! It took awhile to get back to normal but I’m feeling pretty good now.