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Completed Radiation !! Completed Radiation !!

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Unread 02-13-2004, 08:29 PM
Completed Radiation !!

Finally, its over. Last HDR was a week ago. No more horrible symptoms. (you name it... I got it)

Ok, so does anyone know what happens now? I have to wait 8 weeks to follow up with my oncologist. Does he do tests?

Appreciate any help.
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Unread 02-13-2004, 08:56 PM
Completed Radiation !!

What kind of radiation did you have? They radiated my pelvic aea die to cervical cancer. The follow is just a talk about howd you are doing and they may use a small scanner to see how much radiation is still working in your system.

Finished treatments. Yay. Now comes teh fun stuff. I still have may problems because of the radiaion. Hope you are one of the lucky ones who do not.
Unread 02-14-2004, 10:16 AM
Rad Grad!

I hope your Dr. can answer your questions and your side effects start to go. Neer had radiation but I know they can be nasty.
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Unread 02-14-2004, 11:01 AM
Completed Radiation !!


Congrats on getting the radiation over and done with! I pray that those cancer cells are permanently zapped and on the :run3:

I have no experience with radiation and can't tell you much, but certainly your DR should be able to give you the information you need.

Enjoy your newfound freedom!

Unread 02-14-2004, 11:07 AM
Completed Radiation !!

Hi Ladies,

While I am sorry you had problems with radiation, I am glad to find out that I am not the only one. I had a terrible time during radiation. And I am still having problems with pain in my back and hips my Doc thinks is radiation damage. It even shows up on bone scans which my Doc did to make sure the pain was not cancer. There was a hot spot that they biopsied but it is not cancer, just inflamation from the radiation.

So many times I read where women had no trouble and did not miss a day of work, etc. I sometimes feel guilty like I am bad for having problems. In fact guilt has become a really big problem for me. So again, I am sorry for your problems, but thank you for posting about them. I no longer feel like I am so alone in this.

I hope your problems resolve and you feel better.

Take Care,

Unread 02-14-2004, 11:53 AM
guilty too

I heard _well sorta ya know- you talk about guilt. I got that too. I feel guilty my cancer may be gone. I went thru surgery aat 29 weks pregnant. Gave birth to a preemie by C. Actually the cancer was found because I got pregnant, they did routine PAP and othere tests. In a way he is my miracle baby. We found the cancer becauase of him.

Ok so anyways,now after all the radiaion treatments and surgery it may be gone. I does nkot show up on scans. I had it and it is gone and to others it is like I never had it. I just got sick for a long long time. Still the lovely side effects linger after 2 1/2 years. I have to to a stomach search to find out why I have trouble eating now. What fun it is to have the cancer. It may be gone, but it left behind many other problems.

It sure is nice to know I am not alone. Thanks to these great sisters.
Unread 02-14-2004, 12:03 PM
Completed Radiation !!


I'm sorry that you have felt so alone in your experience of radiation and its side effects. No doubt it's different for everyone--and of course the treatments themselves must be of different intensities, etc.

Please don't feel guilty at your own reactions to the radiation--your case is your case, you are unique, and each of us recovers and recuperates on a very individual schedule.

When I was recovering from the surgery, a number of people said to me, "oh, if so-and-so had this surgery, she'd be up and running in a couple of weeks." I didn't appreciate those comments, and I always politely explained that there was nothing heroic about rushing my recovery. I took every minute that the doctor told me to take! So, too, if one person can go to work every day during radiation, it's wonderful. If someone else needs time to recoup after the treatments and takes that time, it's wonderful too, and she needs to feel free within herself to do that! The main thing is that YOU are more important than your work, and it's your life and health, not anyone else's.

Do what you need to do for yourself, always with your DR's advice, and here's a prayer that your recovery will be lifelong and happy!

Unread 02-14-2004, 06:37 PM
Completed Radiation !!

Radiation was not fun.... some people are ok... other not. My aunt had chemo and was never sick. I however had such bladder, bowel, skin, hoo hoo problems.... they actually had to stop for a week. Glad its done.

BUT, since the cancer was in my uterus... I am so afraid they didn't get it all. At the time of my TAH/BSO the doctors did a total abdominal wash.. and said all was clear. Then radiation.

How can they tell if there is still cancer after a TAH ??

My prayers and happy thoughts to all still suffering the side effects.
Unread 02-14-2004, 06:46 PM
Completed Radiation !!


I'm sure your Dr will be following you up for a good while. Most of us have had to go for frequent pelvic exams and vaginal Paps, esp in the beginning. And an annual CAT scan seems to be a common protocol as well, for a number of years. So I would assume that your DR will keep a close eye on you, using various means.

It's a good question for you to ask you DR, so that you'll feel reassured that the situation is being watched carefully.

And hopefully all the results will be good!

Unread 02-15-2004, 04:22 PM
Completed Radiation !!

Hi Jana,

I am very happy to hear that your radiation is over and done with.

I noticed that you live in Rockville Centre.. I am from Massapequa..

Where are your doctors located. It would be funny if you were using the same ones as I am. A few of here are.

Keep in touch.

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