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Dec 16, 2018 02:34PM
Dec 16, 2018 02:37PM
HDMom -- Welcome and wishing the best as you go through RADs.
As to your question, I think since everyone is different, SEs can start and end differently. For some on this thread, like me, they started Day 1 and didn't let up. (heaviness, swelling, pink/red, sore skin, fatigue, nausea). For others, they gradually appeared after the first week. For others yet, they had minimal throughout and didn't notice much until the week after they ended.
Like I said, everyone is different, so don't be surprised no matter which way they happen.
Honestly, I think our genetics and med history play the biggest role. It seems whether we follow all the guidelines or not, SEs come and go as they wish! LOL, but not really, right?
As to the lathering of creams and such -- start ASAP.
I was advised to begin 2 weeks before I started RADs due to my med history. It seems general consensus from my observation is that most are advised by their RO to start a few days before or on the day of first treatment. Prior I was applying Miaderm 2 x day. During I was applying Miaderm, Calendula, and Aquaphor 3-4 times a day. Oh, and be sure to apply the cream into your armpit as well. Seems some teams forget to advise about this and at the end of RADs some were feeling the pain because of it.
Drink TONS of water. Rest when you feel tired. Try to get out and move/stretch/whatever you can do, when you feel you have the energy to do so. I think that helps more than we would think. And of course, be kind to yourself! We've been through a ton.
Hang in there and keep us posted on how things go. You're not alone. :)
Hugs and healing to all and wishing everyone luck as Monday approaches.
"Spoonie" who entered BC World @ 41. DXd w/MS & Thyroid Cancer @42. Treatment: LX/SLNB/RADs. Plan A: 5mg Tamox = 0 QOL. Plan B: OS/AI = Rare allergy to OS meds. Plan C: Only option left, Diet & Exercise. PS: Not a dr, just a Googler.
7/20/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
8/29/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
8/30/2018, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2
9/30/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
3/29/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
7/1/2019 Zoladex (goserelin)