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Unread 01-14-2005, 09:24 AM
radiation staring Jan 21

I am getting nervous since my internal radiation treatments for uterine cancer are starting on Jan. 21. Is there anything I should know before I go. What should I eat to keep my immune system in good shape. Are there any foods that are helpful. Should I try to get more rest.
How much water should I drink?
Please write and let me know what you think.

thanks, Connie
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Unread 01-14-2005, 12:33 PM
radiation staring Jan 21

Hi, Connie. I read in your other posts that you're going to get three internal treatments and no external? You might not realize it now, but boy is that good news!

I had internal. After the external radiation treatment, the internal was a piece of cake. Since you won't have the "benefit" of experiencing the external, you might be inclined to think that the internal is tough. (It really is all relative.)

If you're getting three separate treatments, you're doing the HDR (high dose rate). The treatments themselves are over before you know it. Just a few minutes in duration. The set-up (I guess they'd call it the simulation) can be trying and that tube they insert can be difficult with some physical discomfort. Nothing awful... just tough.

There are no side effects (other than perhaps some shrinkage of the tissues but I don't know if that's not also related to the external radiation).

As for anything you can do. Nada. Enjoy the days. Don't worry about it. It will be over before you know it.

Good luck, Connie. Let us know how you're doing.
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Unread 01-15-2005, 04:21 AM
radiation staring Jan 21

Hi Connie
I had 25 external and two internal treatments. The internal treatments sound worse than they actually are. I found it helpful to keep a full bladder before the internal ones, this is supposed to minimise any damage I was told. You may get a feeling like sunburn inside but this is okay and is quite do-able, also a bit of prickling when you need the loo but this of course could have been due to the 25 external treatments first! I hope everything goes well for you - remember it is the unknown that we worry about but once you have had the first of the treatments you will be greatly relieved I am sure.
luv
Mrs Bobby
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Unread 01-15-2005, 10:22 AM
radiation staring Jan 21

HI Connie, I completed radiation threapy for uterine cancer just about one ago. My radiation oncologist strongly urged the use of antioxidents before, during and after the therapy.
This is what she recommended.
E400 IU
C 1000mg three times a day
fish oil1000mg of EPA and 800mg DHA
A 25,000 IU
D 400 IU

I also took and continue to take IP6 with inositol.
I hope this helps. I wish I knew what I know now when I started treatment. It is certainly doable, but my side effects s till surprise me.
Jean
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