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Topic: Starting Radiation October 2021

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

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

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 10:35AM

NatureYogi wrote:

Hello! Wanted to get a thread started for October radiation, I've met with my Radiation Oncologist and I'll be receiving 30 treatments. I also had my simulation this week and have my markers in place. Technically I start September 30, but what's one more day!

Dx 2/11/2021, IBC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/10/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/23/2021 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right
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Nov 22, 2021 05:24PM LW422 wrote:

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well and recovering from the ordeal of rads. I've been feeling pretty good; lots of itching on my chest but I try not to scratch. I "pat" the skin and put some cream on that the doc prescribed but it doesn't help much.

This morning I noticed that the darkened skin under my armpit is peeling! Looks really strange because the skin underneath is so much lighter in color. It doesn't hurt but it looks weird. It's a week since my treatment ended so I'm hoping this is as bad as my SEs will be.

Happy Thanksgiving to the USA posters. Enjoy your holiday.

Dx 1/20/2021, IDC/IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/32 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/7/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/23/2021 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/4/2021
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Nov 22, 2021 08:50PM Serendipity09 wrote:

LW- So glad your skin did not get worse. I had the darkened skin in my armpit as well, with the light pink new skin underneath. It looked so odd. It was gross when it started peeling, to me it seemed so thick. The itchiness on the breast and the chest drove me nuts, but I wouldn't scratch for the life of me; I was determined to not have anymore scars than I already have.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Dx 3/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 4/1/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/17/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 7/2021, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/9/2021 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 23, 2021 06:27PM Maura1 wrote:

Hi everyone!! I hope everyone is getting through treatments okay. I just had my last of 30 treatments today, I’m so relieved to be done. I noticed that my skin is opening a little bit right along my scar in my underarm. Did anyone else have this happen? I’ve had a lot of redness and peeling the last week or two but this I just noticed today

Dx 4/2021, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/23/2021 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 7/1/2021 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Nov 23, 2021 07:22PM Serendipity09 wrote:

Maura - cheers to being done!! I had the same on my scar, but rich in the middle of my breast. It took a little longer to heal than the rest of the skin and it is still brighter in color. I thought it was going to turn into necrosis, but it didn't, it's just fine. I hope you begin to heal soon!

Dx 3/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 4/1/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/17/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 7/2021, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/9/2021 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Nov 23, 2021 07:31PM LW422 wrote:

Hey Maura1--and yippee for being done! It's a great feeling to walk out of there for the last time! I didn't have any broken skin, thankfully, but I know many people do. Hopefully it will heal without a problem. Good luck with it.

Serendipity--how are you and how's the Xeloda going? Bless your sweet heart; I hope things will smooth out for you. A bit off-topic, but I read in one of your posts that you have POTS. That caught my eye because one of my best friends was recently diagnosed and she's really down in the dumps with it. Apparently her heart rate goes up really high for no reason and she's scared of what might happen. Anyway, I had never heard of POTS before so I was surprised to see your post. Take care.

Dx 1/20/2021, IDC/IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/32 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/7/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/23/2021 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/4/2021
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Nov 23, 2021 08:31PM PamEP wrote:

Hi Maura, Great news that you're done with radiation. I finished one week ago and actually shed some unexpected tears of relief in the privacy of my car afterwards. My underarm is still quite red-brown right around the sentinel lymph node biopsy scar, which is a nasty red. The area is both itchy and a bit pained, as is the breast generally. Hopefully these are temporary SEs from the radiation. I am using aloe vera gel, calendula cream, an anti-itch med, and sometimes a non-talc baby powder on the area. The color does seem to be diminishing. My RO and techs said that the radiation effects may increase up to 5 days after the last treatment, and then subside.

How nice to be finishing up before the holidays. All Be Well!

Dx 7/26/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/6/2021 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2021 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2021 Whole-breast: Breast
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Nov 23, 2021 09:11PM Serendipity09 wrote:

LW - I had never hear of POTS either until I was diagnosed 5 years ago. I have a feeling that is what's going on and not an SE of X. My heart rate will go up as I'm sitting and when I go to stand it goes up even higher, to the point where I feel like I'm going to pass out. It's scary. my Neurologist who was treating me for it is retiring in two weeks and I have to wait until Feb. to see the new one. I have a call in to my PCP who will work with my MO to put me on a different heart med. So frustrating, as if there wasn't enough going on, but not going to complain because I'm still breathing!

Have a great night!


Dx 3/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 4/1/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/17/2020 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 7/2021, Right, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/9/2021 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jan 1, 2022 07:05PM LW422 wrote:

Hi everyone! Just stopping by to wish you all a happy and HEALTHY new year!! Hope you're all doing well.

Dx 1/20/2021, IDC/IBC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/32 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/7/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/23/2021 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/4/2021
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Jan 2, 2022 08:43PM PamEP wrote:

Hey LW422 and Everyone,

Happy New Year too, and good going forward to all! May we all be well and pain free.

Pam

Dx 7/26/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/6/2021 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 10/15/2021 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 10/27/2021 Whole-breast: Breast

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