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Topic: Early Radiation Side Effects. Too soon!

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

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

Posted on: Feb 13, 2020 05:22AM

Anne2871 wrote:

Hello...
Today is my 4th day of 16 hypofractionated radiation treatments (breath hold). I am not sure if my side effects are psychosomatic since it is so early on. I had to break up with Google a few weeks ago, since we had a toxic relationship. 😂 Anyone else experience the following symptoms with radiation (without having chemo)?
-Exhaustion? (My treatments start at 7am and then I work, have kids etc). I am usually very energetic

-Metallic taste in my mouth

-Breathless during the day. Feel like I’m working out with minimal exertion

-nausea (could be from metallic taste)

Could these be happening so early on? I am (was) a very heathy and active individual and wasn’t expecting to feel anything for the first week or two (from what I read during my former relationship with Google). If I’m only on day 4, am I in for worse to come??

Anyone else? Thank you! Stacey

Dx 12/6/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/10/2020 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 13, 2020 06:51AM Ingerp wrote:

I think many of us did not have any SEs for a few weeks after starting. I've been a big advocate of pushing protein with any kind of treatment. It helped me *significantly* through chemo and Herceptin--I really believe it's the building block of so much in our bodies.

That said, I only experienced fatigue a handful of times each time I had rads. It seemed to hit the day *after* I'd had a big day. Can you scale back a little? Put your feet up for half an hour after you get home? I think resting your body can help. Can you go to bed earlier? Getting enough sleep is helpful in all kinds of ways.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/23/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 13, 2020 09:32AM gb2115 wrote:

I had nausea early on, well, the entire time really. And a mild sore throat, so I fully believe the metallic taste could be from radiation. I had onset of dry mouth right after it ended (which cause a metallic taste), and the dentist told me he sees it all the time with radiation.

The nausea and sore throat went away shortly after radiation ended. I still have dry mouth, but am told that tamoxifen can't cause that too.

Hang in there!

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Feb 13, 2020 10:12AM mitziandbubba wrote:

I was exhausted from the very beginning. They told me it can happen. Although everyone said it would be cumulative, I felt the same amount of fatigue the whole time. A lot. I was also very active and pretty fit. It tok a few weeks to recover my stamina and balance was off too.


Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 13, 2020 10:31AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Didn’t have that type rads either time. Fatigue yes, agree it’s time to scale back a bit. If you need a nap, have it. Stay hydrated helps too.

So glad you broke up with Dr Google😍😍

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Feb 13, 2020 09:13PM MinusTwo wrote:

I had no nausea, but I too was exhausted from the beginning. The fatigue was the worst part for me. Maybe try to find a way to go to the treatment center a bit early & catch a nap while you're waiting?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Feb 15, 2020 12:29AM Anne2871 wrote:

Thanks, ladies!! Great advice

♥️🙏

Dx 12/6/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/15/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/10/2020 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 15, 2020 04:21PM DorothyB wrote:

I had nausea after my very first treatment. I didn't have it after every treatment, but frequently - but not bad enough to vomit, just uncomfortable feeling.


Exhaustion could also be from stress.

Diag. 4/19/2019 ER+ PR+ HER2 neg Lumpectomy 5/29/2019 IDC w/ DICS 2.0 cm Grade 3

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