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Topic: May 2012 radiation

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2012 01:39PM - edited Jul 31, 2012 06:51AM by mckenna

mckenna wrote:

anyone else starting radiation in may?

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Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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Apr 30, 2012 02:33PM Dizzy215 wrote:

Hi Mckenna. Looks like I will be. Just got my RO appt for May 7, so am guessing the treatment will start soon after. Can't wait to get it over with but I'm so happy I don't need chemo.

Dx 3/5/2012, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/8/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/14/2012
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Apr 30, 2012 03:44PM mckenna wrote:

May 7 was supposed to be my start date tom. Was supposed to be simulation. How many weeks do you have to have. I need 5 weeks

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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Apr 30, 2012 11:09PM Spokanellie wrote:

Hi, McKenna and Dizzy. My first RO appointment is May 8, so I'm right behind you. Like you, Dizzy, I felt like a huge weight was lifted when my MO suggested strongly that chemo would be an unnecessary risk after an OctotypeDx score of 15. I didn't have any trouble agreeing with her after doing a ton of reading on these boards and elsewhere about the taxotere/cytoxin cocktail we had originally talked about.

I don't know how long it'll take after the RO appointment to get measured, tatooed and simulated, so I don't know when I'm actually starting. Do either of you know any more? Heading to Houston for a long weekend to visit two sisters or I might've had the RO appointment earlier. Meanwhile I'm reading up about creams and such. I've bookmarked a couple on Amazon, but I'm not buying anything till I can talk to the RO - or more likely his nurse. Wink

It's just a speedbump, right? Dx 2/22/2012, ILC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 5/15/2012 Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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May 1, 2012 06:56AM mckenna wrote:

when i was supposed to have my simulation today, they said i would start on the 7th.  so i would say you start about a week after simulation?  but that is just a guess.  i really want to start asap as we have a vacation planned in in july and if i started on the 7th that would leave 6 weeks between end of rad and vaca.  if this infection doesn't clear up soon i don't know how far i will be pushed back and want time to heal before swimming in a chlorinated pool on vaca.  i have an 11 am appointment with surgeon to see what needs to be done about this infection.

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 1, 2012 06:57AM mckenna wrote:

glad both of you do not need chemo. i have not even started investigating creams because my rad onc said that would be provided?  guess i need to do more research. 

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 1, 2012 11:46AM mckenna wrote:

oops i see both of your RO appointments are your initial appointments.  my initial was 4/27.  just called to reschedule the simulation.  how were your cancers found?  are you married? single?  have children?

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 1, 2012 11:53AM Kelloggs wrote:

Hi ladies, can I join your group?  I've lurked on the March/April thread but since I had my first zap today I guess I am technically a May girl!

Simulation and tattooing for me took about an hour.  I then waited a week for my plan to be put together.  Yesterday I went for pre-rads xrays and started today!  I just finished chemo on 3/22.  Sounds like I'm the only one who did chemo....be glad for that.

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 2, 2012 06:43AM mckenna wrote:

hi kelloggs,

sorry you had to have chemo too.  i am a little wierded out by the whole molding process.  did they give you any topical creams to use during radiation? how many weeks of radiation do you need.  sorry you have to be the first in our group to start but you will also be the first to finish. about how much time from arrival to departure did it take for your first zap :)

i have two kiddos (7 & 11). am most worried about having a enough energy to keep up with all thier school, camps, extra curriculars etc. 

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 2, 2012 06:50AM Kelloggs wrote:

mckenna - Hello!  I haven't gotten any creams yet....but my MO talked about using Aquaphor.  Yesterday was #1 and it was pretty uneventful.  It took longer for me to undress than for treatment.  I got zapped for about 30 seconds each in 3 fields....so total of about 5 minutes on the table.  I have 28 regular zaps and 7 boosts for a total of 35! UGH!!

I have children too (18 and 24) and the youngest is in her freshman year of college.  She will be home for the summer next week.  I got married last year 5 months before my diagnosis and have 2 stepkids (13 and 16) who are with us alot.  I work full time and did so all through chemo.  The fatigue was tough but I was able to manage.  I think rads will be easy compared to what I've already done!  I also started Tamoxifen yesterday.

I don't advertise it in my signature but I am stage IV with lung mets found during my pre-chemo scans.  I had 6 rounds of TCH and my PET scan last month was clear! NED!!!!  I want everyone to know you can do this...and we can support each other through it all!

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 2, 2012 06:56AM - edited May 2, 2012 08:24AM by schatzi14

I just finished 16 rads and I found using GLAXAL BASIS 3 times a day saved me from any redness at all...I had no SEs at all...I realize that some have many more rads than that but I swear by Glaxal...can be bought at CostCo or any drugstore. Was $28 for a huge jar. The RO told me to continue using it for at least 2 weeks after rads were done. I did and it was amazing!

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 08:02AM CindyT wrote:

I start my rads today.  I had the CT and tatoos last week.  I'm a little nervous but anxious to get it started and over with!

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 2, 2012 08:20AM mckenna wrote:

kellogs,

sorry to hear about stage 4 but so happy to hear the clear scans!!!  congrats.  i have an aunt who had bc in her early 40s and she had little to no side effects from rad or tamoxifen.  my med onc said not to start tam until 2 weeks post rad.

welcome CindyT.  good luck today.  did you have chemo first?

schatz, thanks for the recommendation, i wll be on the look out.

i likely will start the 11th or 14th, i am sort of hoping for the 11th because that is a friday and memorial day falls in the time frame and there is no rad on that day so if i start on a monday, i will end on a monday and i would rather just end on a friday and be done :)

hope everyon has a nice day

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 2, 2012 08:28AM schatzi14 wrote:

Honestly girls, of all the ladies that were sitting with me waiting for rads, just one older woman had any redness to speak of. The worst was having to go every day and hoping the machines didn't break down. There were 6 machines and at least one was being serviced or not working. It just takes minutes to get you in the right position and then the actual radiation just takes about 2 minutes. You aren't even aware anything was done, and off you go! Sometimes you may feel a little fatigued but that's it!!

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 08:29AM schatzi14 wrote:

Kelloggs...I did MONTHS of chemo before rads.

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 09:22AM Kelloggs wrote:

schatzi - I know what you mean about MONTHS. I started 12/8 and finished 3/22 but still have to go for Herceptin every 3 weeks until December.  UGH!  It's neverending!

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 2, 2012 09:32AM CindyT wrote:

Mckenna, no thankfully I did not need chemo.  My Oncotype was a 4.  I did 6 months of Arimidex to shrink the mass so I could have a lumpectomy.  

 Thanks scahtzi14 for the good info! 

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 2, 2012 09:55AM schatzi14 wrote:

Kelloggs

I started Sept 23...finished Feb 8th.

Congrats on the NED :D

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 09:57AM schatzi14 wrote:

Cindy T

That is the first time I heard of giving Arimidex before treatment. Each case is different so it's interesting to hear all the different options. Thank goodness for them.

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 10:43AM CindyT wrote:

schatzi14

 My tumor started at about 4.8 cm and shrunk to less than 1 cm. at the time of surgery.   It was 100% ER+.  The surgeon could not guarantee that she could get it all out and I might still have had to have a MX.  But she was awesome and got it all out!  So now rads here I come!

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 2, 2012 10:51AM schatzi14 wrote:

Cindy T

That's amazing!! Good for you...sounds like clear sailing from now on. Will you have to continue taking Arimidex for 5 years?? I am on my 3rd month of it. Did you have any SEs with it?

Dx 7/25/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 2/29/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 11:26AM etherize wrote:

Hi all,

Can I join in? :-)  I had 3 1/2 months of chemo, finished Mar 29.  I got my rads CT scan and tats on Apr 19th and tomorrow is the dry run.  They may do an actual tx then, I guess it depends on their schedule.  I don't know how many tx I'll have, or if I'll get boosts -- they'll let me know tomorrow.  I'm really curious about the fatigue and how bad it will be (or not).

Are any of you getting rads to the supraclavicular (collarbone) nodes?  I have 3 fields: breast, underarm and collarbone.  I'm kind of worried about lymphedema, since I've had 17 nodes removed already.

Kelloggs, congrats on NED!!  That is so great! 

Dx 8/17/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 10/17/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 12/19/2011 CMF Radiation Therapy 5/7/2012 Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 2, 2012 12:20PM Kelloggs wrote:

Welcome etherize and thank you!  I am having 3 fields also with supraclavicular nodes.  I had 9 nodes removed so I guess we can watch for lymphedema together!  I had tx #2 today...no big deal yet.

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 2, 2012 12:38PM mckenna wrote:

etherize, welcome of course you can join in.

i did not have to have any lymph nodes removed but i have to have total breast radiation not just localized to the cancer site because of my age (38).

i was thrown into all of this about 42 days ago Surprised  i still feel like my head is spinning and don't know all the ins and outs of things.  reading some of your posts has me so lost.

 i am still worried i am going to get to RO tomorrow and they are going to say my surgeon is crazy there is now way i can start radiation any time soon due to this strange irritation/infection going on.

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 2, 2012 03:57PM CindyT wrote:

Schtzi14

Yes I will have to take it for 5 years.   The only SE's I am having are menopausal symptons, you know hot flashes, don't sleep well etc.  First treatment went just fine today.

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 3, 2012 10:58AM mckenna wrote:

hope those that have started are still having uneventful experiences.

they did not make a mold of my back?  did everyone else have this.  i declined the tattoos because i have a skin infection and i did not want anything else entering the skin no matter how small.  did anyone not have tattoos and have issues with the markings staying on?

i am ver frustrated with no one seeming to listen to me or care that there is a human attached to the other end of their scheduling.  i have two kids that do not have a second parent and i work a full time job.  the nurse came in and said my rads would be at 8am, perfect, i can get the kids to school go to rads and only be semi late for work.  after simulation, they say, my first appt is on the 11th at 12:30 and after that 10 am.  that is not doable.  my car is 15 minutes from my office, the facility and parking and getting to the office is about 20 minutes from my car.  i would work for 45min to hour, have to leave and not be back for 2 hours.  i am so sick of not being listened to.  everyone seems to have thier own agenda and they just let me talk and then do what they want.  i called back and begged them to change it, they are working on it.  i sort of yelled at the nurse but she was just the last in a long line of people who are not listening to me. 

Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+
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May 3, 2012 11:38AM - edited May 3, 2012 11:42AM by dlsrzbb

I would like to join the group. I actually started Radiation on the 30th of April, but really, I feel like a May girl. I have only had 4 treatments, am on arimidex for almost a month and today when I went to the bathroom, I lost blood into the toilet. I have had a hysterectomy, and I just don't know. Where did it come from? I did have a bowel movement, not hard though, no strain. Is it normal? Should I call and ask Dr.?

Dx 3/13/2012, 6cm+, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes
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May 3, 2012 11:40AM Kelloggs wrote:

dlsrzbb - I would definitely call your doctor to be safe

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 3, 2012 12:00PM dlsrzbb wrote:

Kelloggs

 Thanks. Called Dr. who found cancer, not in Nurse doesn't know, recommended I call Radiation Dr. He's not in receptionist recommended I call other Dr.  Oh well, Dr. will be in in the AM when I go for Rad and I will ask him then. Thank you for anwering me quickly. I was in process of getting ready for work and now I am shaking. Blood big deal. huh? I just feel like I do not know what is going on with my own body. Rant Rant Rant. Sorry. I am sure it is nothing.

Dx 3/13/2012, 6cm+, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes
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May 3, 2012 12:10PM Kelloggs wrote:

It may very well be nothing, but no sense taking chances. Did it just happen that once?  How much blood?  Did you try your PCP?

Kelly Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 2, 5/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 12/7/2011 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/7/2011 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 4/30/2012
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May 3, 2012 01:01PM mckenna wrote:

rant away, i feel the same way about not having any control of my own body and it sucks.  i am sick of being thankful for stage 0 cancer.  at the end of the day i still have cancer, i still have to have a lot of radiation, i still have to take tamoxifin, i still have this undiagnosable infection that my stupid surgeon said was a bug bite, are you kidding me.  it has been a bad day, sorry for the rant, but i have not really every got emotional over this whole thing because i know i am lucky but i can't take much more, now the air in our van is out and our dryer broke.  Cry
Dx 3/23/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, ER+/PR+

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