Topic: Radiation June 2019

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

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019 10:33PM

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019 10:33PM

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Jul 5, 2019 02:29PM edj3 wrote:

Oh sweetie, right there with you. And then I do feel guilty and shallow for mourning the way my left breast used to look. It's not the same now and it never will be again. That's just a fact. I'm working hard to be OK with feeling sad, but I've also reached out to my care team at the breast center and I'll be seeing a psych in a couple of weeks. I've got a lot of anger about this and sorrow too. Normal, yes, but I would far prefer to be back to my normal mental state, which generally does NOT include this anger and grief.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 5, 2019 02:43PM missouricatlady wrote:

Hi ladies. I am 2/3 of the way done, 10 treatments left, last 5 are boosts, and skin is holding up "better than most," according to my doctor. I use generic Aveeno in the morning and before bed, and Calendula after treatment. I just wanted to send you a hug, GiddyupGirl, and edj3, hugs to anyone who needs one. My son, who lives 2000 miles away, gets a lot of good therapy from his therapist, and I would encourage this to anyone who is struggling. Hugs to you, Lisa

diagnosed at 55, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrozole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP done 1/8/20, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy Chemotherapy 7/11/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 7, 2019 10:17AM 01ElCid wrote:

Thank you Spoonie !

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Jul 8, 2019 10:50AM mom2bunky wrote:

I hear you giddyup girl. I'm okay about the sad part now. The anger, I don't know. It's not like I"m always feeling it, but it does still rear it's ugly head from time to time. The having to be on hormone blockers for years really seems to piss me off these days. And I've not even started them yet.

I had a long weekend break from rads. My skin was just starting to get tan, and now it's back to normal again. I'll have five in a row this week so we'll see what happens. After today's I'll be exactly halfway through.

Dx at 55. KI-67: 18. Oncotype: 24 Dx 3/26/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 5/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/26/2019 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/6/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 8, 2019 05:04PM GiddyupGirl wrote:

mom2bunky congrats on being halfway through. I mostly get angry that this stupid rude intrusive disease is messing with my schedule. Today was only treatment 5 and for a couple of hours after tx my boob feels like its on fire (left side) so my husband has to drive me. He's a good guy but on third day instead of waiting in the normal place he got confused and waited somewhere else with his cell phone off. I waited and looked everywhere for him, had two volunteers looking for him -- took half hour to find him and wow he got most of my anger. I could whine for pages about the sun (I have horses so am outside alot usually) and its not comfy and on and on but this too shall pass. Like you the hormone blockers piss me off I kinda liked my hormones. Hope the last half of your rads leaves your skin baby bottom smooth. Sorry for the long rant but I figured you would understand the frustration. Stay well.

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Jul 8, 2019 07:29PM mom2bunky wrote:

oh I understand all right. Sometimes, I find myself angry at my husband and I realize no, that’s not it. I’m just pissed and it has nothing to do with him.

Sigh. Glad to have this place to spew and sisters in crime who really get it

Dx at 55. KI-67: 18. Oncotype: 24 Dx 3/26/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 5/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/26/2019 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/6/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 8, 2019 09:04PM edj3 wrote:

*raises hand* me, me, me! I get it! I'm SUPER pissed that I even need to consider hormone blockers.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 9, 2019 10:13PM phlchick wrote:

Finished today after 26 treatments. So tired but so happy to be done.

Dx 2/20/2019, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 10, 2019 10:05AM mom2bunky wrote:

Fantastic phlchick! Congratulations. You've earned some rest.

All good here. 10 down, 6 to go. Skin is doing very well. My nipple has darkened a little, that's it. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, but hopeful it won't.

Dx at 55. KI-67: 18. Oncotype: 24 Dx 3/26/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Surgery 5/10/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/26/2019 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 8/6/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 10, 2019 12:56PM GiddyupGirl wrote:

Congratulations phichick you did it. Take a nap and then do something fun.

Mom2Bunky - you are almost there. As long as the other shoe doesn't drop on your boob you'll do great.

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