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Topic: Starting Radiation April 2017

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

Posted on: Mar 30, 2017 10:12PM

VLH wrote:

I don't see a topic set up for those beginning radiation in April so here ya go! My plan is for 15 daily treatments, prone position. My primary challenge will be a badly encapsulated shoulder that severely limits my range of motion before the pain becomes excruciating. I have my mapping / tattoos tomorrow.

Chime in, ladies (and, if course, gentlemen, too)!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 21, 2017 06:26AM bravepoint wrote:

scaredashell - I have been using Glaxal Base cream 3 times a day. So far so good, but it's only been 3 treatments. I only have my right arm above my hide. It's cradled pretty well and not uncomfortable. You're in that position for less than 10 minutes during rads. It would be longer though during your CT simulation. The technicians/therapists did ask multiple times if i was Ok, comfortable in the position.


Good luck!

Gail

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 21, 2017 09:59AM Bdagal wrote:

hi scaredashell - not sure about other places, but when my arms are back they are actually on arm rests, and they position them so that I'm comfortable....so you aren't actually holding your arms yourself, if that makes sense? Still wouldn't be an easy position for someone with shoulder issues though.

Ok so I have a strange thing to mention....I haven't seen this anywhere else and it's kinda embarrassing. When I went for treatment yesterday, laying on the bed, I was like 'what is that smell'?! First I thought maybe the tech had bad breath as she was leaning over me. But then she left and I still smelled it. Was kinda like if you leave your laundry in the washing machine for too long before drying. So I was like hmm, I wonder if it's the sheet I'm laying on? Tried to smell my armpit cuz I haven't been able to shave and that Toms of Maine I'm using is pretty useless...but nope, armpit smelled ok. So I went to the dressing room, smelled my clothes and they smelled fine. Hmm. Came home, was reapplying my cream and checking myself out as I noticed I'm starting to get a lil red, especially under the boob....and as Im checking myself out, I smell it again. It's the skin under the boob. What the heck?!? What's causing this?? Can I do anything for it?? I'm mortified. 😩

Dx 1/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/25/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/12/2017
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Apr 21, 2017 10:41AM letsgogolf wrote:

Bdagal Oh my gosh! The same has been happening to me. I am constantly asking my husband if he can smell a strange odor. I have not been able to identify what it is or where it is coming from. I have been smelling it since my lumpectomy. Sometimes as I am sitting still I just get this strange whiff of something. I started thinking that it was from the iodine, antiseptic, alcohol or adhesive bandages that absorbed into my skin. I have even wondered if they could have left a sponge inside.

Oncotype DX = 3. IDC with Lobular Features. Sentinel Node had Micrometastases - Estrogen 100%, Progesterone 99.89%, Ki67= 3.3% Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/5/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 21, 2017 05:58PM Sorella wrote:

Has anyone out there experienced a slight rash NOT in the area of radiation but elsewhere? I have a very slight rash on my stomach and maybe neck? It doesn't itch as of yet. I think I can pretty much ignore it but am getting a bit paranoid and of course it's Friday.

Dx 8/24/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 22, 2017 01:14AM - edited Apr 22, 2017 02:18PM by VLH

Hi, ladies!

I know I started this topic, then fell off the planet. Thanks again for checking on me, Bravepoint.

My mapping session was a total disaster. First, they were running an hour late. I'd been very reluctant to do a 2:30 p.m. appointment on the Friday before leaving for vacation the next morning, but the nurse wanted to be able to get the processing started while I was gone. Next, the radiation oncologist was called to another facility for an emergency. She knew I would have problems and had planned to be there. I want prone position to protect my heart and lungs (left-sided tumor). Unfortunately, my encapsulated shoulder has different ideas with my limited range of motion further decreased by lymphedema. The tech spent 10-15 minutes reaching the doctor for input on positioning. When the prone thing wasn't working, a second tech was brought in. She tried to set me up on my side with my legs going right, upper torso pointing left with bad arm up as high as possible & head to the right... something about an oblique angle being more protective. I'd been on the table for 45 minutes when they finally moved me into the CT machine. I'd had scans on my back in September & November without sedation so thought I'd be alright, but the edge of the machine being right in my face gave me a major panic attack. I told them, "Get me out NOW!" and started ripping markers & wires off barely waiting for the table to be lowered before I jumped off. I practically ran out of the building at 4:40 p.m.

My fears about the late appointment and traffic were well justified as it took an hour and 40 minutes to get home. All the twisting flared my herniated disc up big time making packing tons of fun. Still, it was great to see my family for the first time in over 3 years!

I am reluctantly going to try again this coming week, but had to arrange a ride so I can be sedated. How long did you have to actually be in the machine for the mapping?

Yesterday marked 11 months since my diagnosis and I have had one delay and complication after another. Wasn't radiation supposed to be the easy part compared to chemo? Shocked

Lyn, With Apologies for the L-O-N-G Post


Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 22, 2017 06:24AM bravepoint wrote:

VLH - Sorry that your mapping appointment was so awful for you! I hope they can make it easier for you next time. The actual time for the machine to do it's thing in the CT simulation was maybe 5 minutes. If it's consolation, I had to hold my arm over my head and lay still that day much longer than I do for a radiation treatment.

I started feeling very very tired right after treatment #1. MY RO thinks it's just everything catching up with me. It's been 10 months now since I found the lump that chnaged my life.....


Gail

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 22, 2017 12:19PM Connie1230 wrote:

I'm going to join in here even though my first treatment is May 1. Now I'm off to read previous posts

Dx 7/1/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/24/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Apr 22, 2017 01:21PM Siciliana wrote:

I just completed my thirteenth treatment--only 17 to go! Just now starting to notice a little pink-ish (and somewhat itchy) rash mostly over my clavicle, and what feels like mild sunburn on my upper back. My RO said he can prescribe something if it gets too itchy. But all in all, feeling pretty good. I tend to worry about lymphedema since they are zapping my lymph nodes as well. I am able to get out and walk along the beautiful coastline several times a week. The other day an otter came out of the water and ran across the trail in front of us. This helps immensely, not only physically, but mentally.

So far I have been tolerating the long drive each day (one and a half hours each way!) by listening to my Pimsleur Italian CD's. Makes the time go faster. A trip to Italy is going to happen, come hell or high water.

Dx 12/19/2016, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 22, 2017 02:26PM VLH wrote:

Thanks, BravePoint. It's been a long road for you as well. I found my lump on 4/30/16, but didn't get my diagnosis until 5/20/16. I wish I could have held on for the mapping, but worry the twisted positioning for 15 sessions would be horrible for my back so still hopeful the RO can find a creative way to do prone positioning.

Connie, you FINALLY get to move on to rads. Wahoo!

Siciliana, a trip to Italy. What a wonderful goal!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 22, 2017 03:13PM bravepoint wrote:

Connie - Great to see you here!!

VLH - I'm sure your RO will come up with something you can tolerate physically. I meet with my RO every Friday. She told me yesterday that she's still trying to figure out what is the best way to do my boost to the tumor site as the skin is so thin there...... She's got a month to figure that out!

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 22, 2017 03:55PM - edited May 1, 2017 04:39AM by Elizabeth7

Hi Scaredashell - I'm having problems with my arm/shoulder too. I posted about it earlier on this thread. My arm on the side being treated kept going completely numb during the mapping session - like happens when you fall asleep with your hand over your head and wake up with a dead arm. I have a restricted shoulder for years so I'm not used to having my arm in such an extreme position. I phoned the RT about it and she said they will try to make me more comfortable when I start next Tuesday but they won't be able to move my shoulder position too much as the planning has been done based on the position they scanned me in. My advice would be to emphasize your shoulder difficulties at the mapping session. I don't think having the arm out to the side is the problem as much as the rotation of the shoulder joint caused by having the hand at the back of the head. I'm going to see if having my hand a little higher at the back helps.

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Apr 22, 2017 04:33PM bravepoint wrote:

Elizabeth7 - I have found that I'm not having to hold my arm above my head as long at the radiation treatments as I did at the mapping session other than my first appointment where they took Xrays first. I hope that is your experience as well!

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 22, 2017 05:08PM WenchLori wrote:

Bdagirl and letsgogolf, I had the same smell and I had DBMX so no boob for me. I just started putting my deodorant in that area and I didn't notice it as much. I made sure I washed it off before my treatments.

Lyn, I hope your RO can come up with a better position for you. It may only be 10 mins or so but when your in pain it seems like a lifetime. The clinic I went to also had arm rests and made sure I was comfortable but I don't have the shoulder issues you have.

Waving hello to everyone

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/5/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC
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Apr 22, 2017 08:24PM Lightenupandlaugh wrote:

Hello everyone - just had 2/20 and now the weekend. I had mastectomy direct to implant on 3/13/17 and greatly disappointed by positive deep margin requiring radiation. Hoping my brand new implant isn't destroyed by rads. Anyone have experience with that? Silicone, too. The lit I've read all suggests bad news for the implant. Finished 18 weeks of chemo 2/10, and was so exhausted I looked forward to surgery as a chance to rest (still working full time) is rads as exhausting as chemo?


Dx 9/22/2016, IDC: Papillary, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/28/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 3/13/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 4/19/2017 Chest wall
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Apr 22, 2017 10:59PM Sorella wrote:

Siciliana, we are at the same point 13 done with 17 to go. We are also planning to go to Italy as soon as possible. My son is studying at University of Bologna and we thought we go as soon as we could but looks like he's coming home for a bit. So the latest plan is Sicily in September. Where will you go?

Dx 8/24/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 23, 2017 03:47AM Siciliana wrote:

Sorella, I figured you might be Italian by your name! I was hoping to go in the fall, but we'll see if I can save enough money to make it happen. If not in the fall, then next spring for sure! This BC thing put a damper on my plans. I was thinking of going back to Sicily too. I spent a couple of weeks there three years ago and loved it. I would like to see more of the island this time. I stayed in a very old hotel in Ortigia and walked my legs off! I enjoyed shopping at the daily market in Siracusa. The vendors shouting "Prego, prego, prego!" Took the train to Taormina and Mount Etna was erupting periodically about every 20 minutes. I was so excited to see that, but the other people on the train (the locals) were used to seeing it erupt. I would also like to see more of Tuscany (spent four weeks in Montepulciano last time) and maybe make my way to Umbria. Italy is such a beautiful place and the food was incredible. I was in Italy for seven weeks, and really didn't want to come home! Mi piace molto l'italia! Vorrei ritornare prima possibile.

Cosa sta studiando suo figlio all'universita?

Dx 12/19/2016, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 23, 2017 01:40PM WenchLori wrote:

Lightenupandlaugh, I had implants at the time of my diagnosis and was told the same as you but my implants were 28 years old. I opted for TEs then exchange to implants 6 months after radiation so exchange around Oct/Nov 2017. Hopefully they were just giving you a heads up on how things might turn out but praying your implants get through radiation with flying colors. We both have Papillary diagnosis, I'm told only 3% of BC patients have that. Very rare but not sure how true that is as I didn't do any research on it... yet. Maybe once I'm through everything I'll take a closer look.

If I stop laughing, I'll start crying! Lori Dx 3/18/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/6/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/5/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/20/2017 External: Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC
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Apr 23, 2017 09:58PM Sorella wrote:

Siciliana, Funny my name does seem like it could be Italian. Actally it's my Hebrew name but I am married to a very Italian man. We have been traveling in Greece and Italy since we met 43 years ago. My son is studying for his masters in Italianistica which is something between Italian history, culture, linguistics and literature from what I understand. I am really eager to learn Italian. We loved Umbria! We have been to many places in Italy but never Sicilia and are so eager to go. Yeah this BC thing really does a job on us. As soon as we can, travel it is, come hell or high water!

Dx 8/24/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 23, 2017 10:21PM Siciliana wrote:

Sorella means "sister" in Italian, as you may know. But how appropriate to have that name on this forum! How wonderful that your son is able to study in Bologna. That's another city I'd like to visit on my next trip. There is just so much to see in Italy.
Since we're on the same rad schedule, I'd be interested in knowing how your skin is faring so far. Mine has just started to turn red and rashy and now quite itchy over the clavicle (zapping the nodes there) and on the upper back. I am using Miaderm, but the itching is getting worse.

Dx 12/19/2016, ILC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/23/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 6/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 23, 2017 10:38PM Bdagal wrote:

hey letsgogolf - I found out where mine is coming from....its from the crease under the breast. I've been putting some coconut oil on it and that seems to be helping.

I was grateful for this weekend off as was noticing redness under the boob, along the ribs and up along the armpit / back. And a very sore nipple!! Ouch!!!

Hope this is a good week for all of you ladies!

Dx 1/4/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/25/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/12/2017
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Apr 24, 2017 09:08AM Sorella wrote:

Siciliana, Yes, sorelle is sister, sibling (also means nun). Crazy but hadn't thought how apropos it is for we sisters! My skin seemed to start it's side effects just after my doc visit Thursday when all were cheering at how little side effects I was experiencing. I have slight bums on my stomach but not my breast though it is pink. I feel itchy and all bra backs really bother me. I also have needle pain now and again in areas getting rads. So sorry you have such a long drive but glad your Italian is keeping you company. Good luck to all you sisters out there!

Dx 8/24/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 24, 2017 09:24AM Butterfly1234 wrote:

Sorelle - I'm getting needle pain as well. That's a good way to describe it. I have 7 treatments more to go. So far no redness yet. I keep slathering on my coconut oil. I stopped wearing bras when I began treatment and wear cotton camis. I find them more comfortable. I'm small so I can get away with wearing them. I also bought a few button down blouses that are very soft and comfortable. They look ok with leggings etc. easy to get them off and on. Right now I'm all about comfort.

Gentle hugs to all on this Monday morning. Sending comfort and love,

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 24, 2017 08:07PM - edited Apr 24, 2017 08:16PM by VLH

Woo Hoo! My second attempt at mapping went far more smoothly than the debut effort. I spoke with the doctor before going into the CT room and asked whether it would be acceptable to bend my arms with my hands supporting my face under my forehead. (I wanted prone position to protect my heart and lungs.) I'd experimented a bit at home with positions that I could hold fairly comfortably. Luckily, that position as well as a little extra pain medication on board did the trick. The radiation technician thought the arms needed to be stretched out straight and that was excruciating. I discovered the Ativan left over from chemo wasn't ideal for my claustrophobia, but my face wasn't inches from the inside of the machine so I was able to hang on for the few minutes that the scan was active. Hmmm, I've been bumped into a May start date. On to my rehearsal!

Lightenup, I hope your implant can survive the radiation. You must be very disappointed to find radiation is needed.

BdaGal, the sore nipple sounds so ouchy! I'm far too buxom to go braless so hope I'll be able to tolerate my cotton Fruit of the Loom sports bras throughout treatment.

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 24, 2017 08:15PM bravepoint wrote:

VLH - Great news!! I'm glad that you were able to get through the CT sim. When will you start rads? I had #5 of 29 this afternoon. So far just extremely tired....

Gail Radiation Therapy 4/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Chemotherapy 10/7/2016 Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 24, 2017 08:19PM VLH wrote:

Five done...you're well on your way, Bravepoint. Assuming all goes well with my rehearsal later this week, I'll start next Monday, 5/1.

Get some rest!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/26/2016 Lumpectomy Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 24, 2017 09:03PM Sorella wrote:

Butterfly1234, So glad you are nearing the end. Comfort is the way to go! Unfortunately, because of post surgical pain (since sept 26th) and a big bust, I need the bra at times to counter pain. I change 3 times or more a day just to find something more comfortable. The changes help some. I was going to a PT who was helping with massage but that had to go on hold till after radiation. Acupuncture was also helpful through chemo and am thinking I will go back. When my husband asks me what the discomfort is like, my answer is, "My body feels like it's been radiated," no sarcasm intended!

Dx 8/24/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 24, 2017 09:25PM 6cats wrote:

Just joining this group.... 1 of 20 today. So... I have a question. My breast burns as if I have a mild sunburn already!!! Did this happen to anyone? No redness... just a sunburn feeling!

Lynn Dx 3/15/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/29/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/4/2013 Balloon-catheter: Breast Chemotherapy 4/25/2013 AC Targeted Therapy 6/27/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/27/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel) Dx 3/17/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/4/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 4/15/2017 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 4/24/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Apr 24, 2017 09:25PM Butterfly1234 wrote:

Sorella - sending positive thoughts that you can find comfort and get some rest. Take good care of yourself anyway you can. Blessings.




No matter what you look like or think you look like, you're special and loved and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter Dx 1/24/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Apr 24, 2017 10:13PM Connie1230 wrote:

Lyn, we start the same day. Between radiation and therapy for my compression fracture, I feel like I'm going to be living around my medical calendar. How many treatments do you have? I have 32 finishing June 14. I have 4 days off over Memorial Day

Dx 7/1/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/24/2016 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Apr 24, 2017 10:54PM scaredashell07 wrote:

started my treatment April 20. Had my third today and feel so exhausted. More so than chemo. Is this normal?

Dx 9/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/8/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 12/15/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall

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