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Topic: Fatigue immediately

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

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

Posted on: Aug 22, 2020 05:45PM

JoBee wrote:

I have had two radiation treatments so far. Is it unusual that I’m experiencing a great deal of fatigue already??

Lumpectomy in May; just began radiation in August.
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Aug 22, 2020 06:18PM Spookiesmom wrote:

If you have already done chemo and surgery, and all the related tests, maybe not. Rads is usually the end of tx, and it can be a bit of a let down. You have been through a lot. Plus knowing the daily slog of going there. You will probably see your RO weekly, snag his nurse before then if you can to discuss

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Aug 22, 2020 08:26PM - edited Aug 22, 2020 08:26PM by AliceBastable

It seems early to get fatigued, but like Spookiesmom said, it depends on what you've been through. It's helpful to fill out your diagnostic and treatment info and make it public so people don't have to guess. By the time I had radiation, I'd had a lumpectomy, a re-excision, and a nephrectomy, and I did not get fatigued at all - but everyone is different. And besides the radiologist, mention it to your PCP and MO. You can have more than one thing going on in your body at the same time.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 22, 2020 09:53PM Moderators wrote:

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Aug 22, 2020 09:53PM Cowgirl13 wrote:

JoBee, I felt very, very tired/sleepy after my first radiation which really surprised me. It was about 4 hours after the radiation. And there were other times early on that It would really hit me, but other than that nothing was out of the ordinary.

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says: 'Oh crap! She's up! Dx 5/28/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 6/18/2009 Chemotherapy 8/3/2009 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/21/2009 Hormonal Therapy 2/23/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2020 08:01PM redhead403 wrote:

I had fatigue from the beginning. Everyone is different

Surgery 4/16/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/9/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/7/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 1/6/2020 Whole-breast: Breast
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Aug 23, 2020 08:13PM Celand wrote:

I had slight fatigue throughout my treatments, however, about a week after my last treatment (#30), I became extremely fatigued, it was a Saturday and I spent my morning running errands for about 3 hours, well, when I got home I literally collapsed on the sofa and couldn't move for about 3 hours, it was very scary. I couldn't even get up to answer the phone when it rang (we have a landline as well as cell phones). But after this bout of fatigue happened it never happened again. I don't know why this happened and didn't ask my RO why this happened.

Dx 10/17/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/28/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 12/13/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 23, 2020 09:07PM JRNJ wrote:

I was very tired the first week and collapsed when I got home each day. Dr gave me dexamethasone the second week for pain and numbness in my arms from chemo and I was like the energizer bunny the rest of the weeks. And I slept well during radiation. I am normally an insomniac.

Pleomorphic Multifocal, Extra nodal Extension, Lymphovascular Invasion. TEs removed due to infection Dx 8/15/2019, LCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/15/2019, ILC, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/24/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/2/2019 CMF Radiation Therapy 3/30/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/4/2020 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 8/6/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/25/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Aug 25, 2020 08:47PM JoBee wrote:

Thanks, all, for the help. I have four radiation treatments under my belt. The fatigue is definitely there. I hope to talk to the dr about it. No chemo - just had a lumpectomy in May and then a big delay of radiation because of fluid build-up.

Lumpectomy in May; just began radiation in August.

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