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Unread 02-06-2001, 06:05 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

I had my first brachytherapy (internal radiation) treatment yesterday and it really wasn't bad at all.
First the nurse took my picture (face) with a polaroid. Next I signed the consent form. I was positioned on a table with me legs in stirrups. Doctor did a pelvic exam and a tube was put in place ( a bit larger than a tampon). X-rays were taken and the radiation device was put into the tube. They vacated the room and closed the door. Actual radiation took 8 1/2 min. The tube was removed and I was out of there. The whole thing took 30 min. I was never in pain or discomfort.

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Unread 02-06-2001, 06:43 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

Did you have to go through the experience of the rod up your anus and all of that, which one of the other girls mentioned? It was at the very beginning, and she also said that they had a hard time sizing her for the vaginal rod also. I will not have to go through this, that I know of now, but am very curious.
So glad to hear that your experience wasn't that bad at all!!!
Unread 02-06-2001, 06:55 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

I'm so glad that you had a good experience. I think fear of the unknown is worse than the actual event. I hope that you continue to have an easy time!
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Unread 02-06-2001, 08:40 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

Thank you Cyd and Donna Marie for the well wishes.
The procedure was just as I described - no catherer and nothing in the rectum. They just inserted a hollow cylinder
similar to but larger than a tampon. There weren't different sizes. Something goes into the cylinder that's attached to the machine containing racioactive sources. They left and the radiation was delivered. They returned in 8 1/2 min., removed the cylinder and that was it.

Unread 02-06-2001, 11:26 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

Suski, I had a very easy time with my radiation treatments as well. Although the first time (3 all together) I went I did have the rectal tube, which was just uncomfortable. And unlike some of the posts I've read I never experienced fatique or problems with my bowels. I guess we should count our blessings! Hope they continue to go well for you!
Unread 02-06-2001, 05:53 PM

Suski, give me the name of your doctors ... oops too late. Even though my treatment did not go well I am very glad yours did. I wouldn't wish mine on anyone even to have someone to share the experience with. I haven't read any others on the site with bad experiences like mine so I guess I was the exception. I'll keep that in mind in the future so I don't scare others who may ask about it. take care of yourself & keep us up to date.

p.s. my 3rd treatment was a walk in the park. It was exactly like the treatment you had. Wonder if they were doing something wrong during my 1st & 2nd treatments. I'm going to ask my oncologist when I see her next week just to satisfy my curiousity.
Unread 02-07-2001, 06:45 AM
Internal Radiation - Another story

Hi Jan, Glad your treatmrnts went well. I'm glad to hear you didn't experience fatigue or bowel problems. So far so good with me.

Hi June Ali, I wonder too. Our treatments were like night and day. I thought maybe mine was done with newer equipment. Next time I'm going to ask. You ask your oncologist. Let's get to the bottom of this!

Unread 02-07-2001, 07:26 AM
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I guess it is showing that this is my fear, to one day have to go through this. What I am wondering is what is this rectal tube for? Please forgive my ignorance, but I am lost on this whole issue of the "behind!"
Unread 02-07-2001, 08:55 PM
Internal Radiation - Another story

I'm so glad it's going well for you, Suski!

I think it's just another "access point" for directing radiation into the pelvic area.

I just wanted to tell you guys that I found while writing the article on evening primrose oil, that they're recommending it to patients getting radiation treatment. The article is at now

You might ask your doctor whether it would hurt anything to try it.

I have the footnotes in (accidentally, so I'm going to clean them up ) but I do have the footnote to the research article that was testing this relationship.

I'd be thrilled if I found something that would help my sisters.
Unread 02-08-2001, 06:09 PM
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Suski, I am so happy that your internal radiation went well. I didn't have the short internal radiation. I was hospitalized for three days while the internal radiation was left in place but the doctor did say that the reason for the "marker" in the rectum was to be able to position the radiation. They don't want the radiation rods lying on your bowel and the "marker" helps to be able to see where the radiation is in comparison to other organs. The marker is uncomfortable and embarrassing to have inserted. You feel abused when people are sticking things into private parts of your body including your vagina and rectum but I guess you deal with it if it means your life. Gyn cancers are bad enough but then they have to be embarrassing on top of it. I send my best wishes and prayers to all of you who have gone through this and I hope things are looking up now.

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