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Aug 1, 2021 03:58PM
Aug 1, 2021 04:03PM
Thank you, MidloMom, I'm going to bookmark this! I am so happy that you have been relieved of the tightness and pain after 20 years! You must be on Cloud 9! You are the sweetest to post this to help us. I'm just starting 35 rounds of radiation and have a folder of information to help me heal. This is going in that folder and I'll save that doctor's information.
My RO presented the radiation as a 60% risk of my IDC coming back without, but 10% risk with radiation. I also had 5 involved nodes. A wise and lovely friend who has been through bc warned me, "As early as possible, you must aggressively overpower and beat up those cancer cells with every tool you have." For me, that includes radiation. They now have technology that shuts off the radiation beam when your heart is in the way. It tracks with your breathing. I weeded out the first radiation center to which I was referred. Their technology was trailing the cutting edge center I ended up choosing, so please don't feel you have to be treated at the first place your MO or SO mentions.
I have a great IMD helping me eat healthy who helped repair my gut and immune system and will help me during and after my treatments, along with a good PT to see weekly to try to keep my range of motion. I sure need it already! My left arm under the shoulder is definitely tight since surgery, and she saw cording on our second visit, even though I work at the exercises every day.
I have 200mg melatonin cream ready which studies are now showing helps with radiation burns. I'm definitely on that wagon. I'm also going to continue the twice weekly high dose IV vitamin C at 50g (which I did throughout my entire hormonal therapy and successful surgery). A Nov. 2020 study out of South Korea found that IV Vitamin C at 50g or above reduced radiation-induced inflammation both during and after treatment in the group of women who had twice weekly IV vitamin C infusions. It takes 1-2 hours and I consider those my spa day.
Msphil, Praise God! 27 years, that is wonderful! You are very inspiring to those of us just beginning to heal.
DeniseML, it sounds like you are at the same place as me, about to begin 30+ rounds. Please post to the August 2021 Radiation boards so we can keep encouraging each other as we go through it. I am going to look for that thread today and bump it back up to the top of Active posts.
Grateful to Jesus, that His love finally broke through to me. "With one touch, You just rolled away the stone that held my heart," - Lyrics by Keith Green, " 7 weeks of Radiation including supraclavicular nodes.
12/2020, IDC, Stage IIB, 5/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/19/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
6/8/2021 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Reconstruction (left)
8/3/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes