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Topic: Bone rads

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2019 05:28PM

wallycat wrote:

Sorry if this is in the wrong area. My DH is going to have some radiation to his bone mets and I wanted to hear what experiences you had; how long does a treatment take, etc....

Appreciate any info.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 4, 2019 01:05AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Hi,

I had rads to a met on my upper femur. I had 15 sessions. I took good care of my skin and had no problems save for a bit of diarrhea and fatigue. Best of luck to your husband

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 4, 2019 08:15AM wallycat wrote:

Appreciate the feedback. Guess I was thinking it was a one and done but sounds like it may be upwards of 15. Thank you again for taking time for the feedback.

Were the treatments weekly or ??

Hope things are going well for you; looks like you are 8 years out!

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 4, 2019 08:45AM Spookiesmom wrote:

I’ve done rads twice, 32 first time, 28 second time. It’s Every.Single.Day. After whatever mapping they need, the actual treatment is about 10-15 minutes. He will be able to drive, but towards the end he will be tired.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 4, 2019 10:22AM GG27 wrote:

I have had several bone radiated & mine have always been one & done. It's completely painless, I had a bit of nausea on the last one because it was my lower back. RO gave me a script for zofran which I took for 2 days. Otherwise I had no problems with other ones, like rib, upper arm & hip.

Dx 10/2008, IDC, Both breasts, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/8/2009 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 2/1/2009 Other Radiation Therapy 7/5/2009 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/6/2009 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 5/14/2014, IDC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 9/20 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 5/19/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy External: Bone Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Oct 4, 2019 01:15PM wallycat wrote:

Thank you so much, ladies. My DH is less fearful now. Appreciate your time!

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 5, 2019 01:56AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

It sounds as if the number of sessions may depend on variable factors ; size of lesion, location etc, I’m sure info from the bone biopsy helps the ro create a plan. My lesion was 2 cm and completely identical to my breast tumor. Sessions were M-F for three weeks. The actual tx time was very short, not much longer than my 15-20 minute drive.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 5, 2019 02:12PM wallycat wrote:

DH's treatment is palliative---help with the area that causes the pain. He is riddled with the bone mets so there's no attempt to eradicate it from his whole skeleton. No biopsy since they pretty much know it is eveywhere. Sigh.

Good to know the actual treatment is not time consuming. The drive will be 50 minutes one way but we can shop at a costco afterwards, so not a total time dump.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 5, 2019 03:19PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Sounds like my DH. Only he’s not going to do anything about an of them. He told our DD he didn’t know the bone Mets was from the prostate ca and may not believe it either. I’m stage IV and I think he’s going to have a bumpier ride than me.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 5, 2019 06:03PM Olma61 wrote:

I had EBRT to my spine (one site) this past June. 10 sessions, every day Mon thru Fri. In and out in a few minutes for the 10 treatments. As others said, the planning appts (I had two including meeting with the RO) were a bit longer.

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone
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Oct 12, 2019 08:57PM wallycat wrote:

Well, we survived the "meet/greet" ...2-1/2 hours. OY...and nothing really *done* to him.

We see them again on Monday for the mold/tattoo, etc...

Should have "only" 5 treatments and new scans will determine how many places so that bone can be strengthened by killing the cancer in weight bearing sites.

Anyone have any recommendations to prevent skin burn? Creams? before/after?

Thank you all again for sharing your experiences.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Oct 13, 2019 09:38AM Spookiesmom wrote:

With 5 treatments shouldn’t burn. Can use unscented no alcohol aloe in areas. Aquaphor there. Ask RO for suggestions, most have their own preferences.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 13, 2019 10:22AM wallycat wrote:

Thanks. He suggested Cerave or Cetaphil. Didn't mention before or after...I'll ask more questions tomorrow.


Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012

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