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Unread 03-26-2001, 06:18 PM

I have tried searching on the hyster site for this but have only been able to find recent posts. I would just like to know of any one with first hand experience on internal radiation. Gee i am still so scared and sick to the stomach. I hope i dont become a nuisance with my posts but i sure need you girls right now. How do you keep a positive outlook when you are so scared?
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Unread 03-26-2001, 08:30 PM

Hi Robyn,

I know I've read a number of posts about internal radiation, but like you, my search showed little. I wanted to find something for you, because I remember that most of the posts were somewhat "upbeat" and might make you feel a little better. I tried a search under "vaginal" and had it display assending. Then I read the synopsis trying to find what I was looking for. There were many threads mentioning vaginal but not all were about internal radiation. I did find posts in december between June Ali and Hurriedh that discussed it both external and internal radiation. Maybe if you search under their names you'll find some information.

I'm hoping that ladies who have experienced it will respond to your post. This board is not one of the busiest (thank God), so it may be a while.

I wish I could tell you how to keep a positive attitude under such trying circumstances. When I first learned that I may have a cancer a feeling of dread set in and just stayed there. I wish you Good Luck and will keep you in my prayers.
Unread 03-26-2001, 08:42 PM


I'm so sorry your news wasn't better, hon. I know its hard to stay positive in light of everything going on. I'm sorry I don't have any personal experience with the radiation but have seen several posts from the ladies about it.

I'll try to contact them to see if they can provide more information for you. I do remember reading that the main problem they encountered was feeling very tired after the treatments. Hopefully my brain isn't too full of right now and I'm remembering correctly.

In the meantime, keep in mind, this CAN be beat and focus your energy on that! It a tough road sometimes but you end up stronger for going through it. are watching over us and keeping us safe.

Take care, gal and email me anytime you need to vent.

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Unread 03-26-2001, 10:04 PM

Hi Robyn:

I went to Yahoo.com and did a search for IMPLANT RADIATION THERAPY. The first match I clicked on looked pretty informative. It was the CancerNet site of the National Cancer Institute. There were also lots of other web page matches. Hope this helps.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Unread 03-27-2001, 06:58 AM

HI, I hope I can help a little. I had three internal radiation treatments. They were not painful at all just uncomfortable. When you first go in they may put in a catheter. For my first visit I had one for my bowels as well. Then they insert this cylinder that is hollow in the center. Like I said not the most comfortable thing. Then they took me into an x-ray room where they check to make sure everything is in place. From there I was taken into a small room where the coil for the radiation is attatched.That was weird because after they all left the room tha machine makes the coil go up through the hollow part of the cylinder. Then you just lay there while you get the radiation. You don't even know anything is happening. I didn't feel anything! My actual times of treatments varied from 7 to 9 minutes. And I know some of the women said they felt very tired after but I didn't I went out to lunch right after my first treatment. They did tell me I might have some cramping or change in my bowels, but I didn't have that either. So all in all it was not bad for me at all! And hopefully you will be the same!Good Luck!! Jan P.S. There is some waiting between the x-ray and the treatments while they do some calculations
Unread 03-27-2001, 10:28 AM

Hi, I had internal radiation but I think mine was different from yours as I was in the hospital for three days while the radiation rods were in place. Like Jan F said, it was more uncomfortable than painful. Taking out the device that held the radiation rods was the most uncomfortable as it pinched quite a bit. I can say that if the external radiation wasn't hard enough on my intestines the internal made them a mess. That is when the diarrhea and nausea really kicked up. the nausea slowly faded away but the diarrhea continues to this day and I have to eat many small meals and no fresh veggies uncooked, no fats and watch the grains. I do best with pasta, bananas and rice. I never eat a big meal and I always spread my eatting out over the whole day. I guess you could say I eat all day. I know in general I didn't handle the radiation well and I had to have surgery to correct some of the problems from the radiation but not everyone has the problems that I had. I don't know what problems you are having other than the nausea. Eat small meals and get lots of rest. It takes alot out of you. I know that the type of radiation implant I had they have been doing for at least fifteen years and it continues to be one of the best treatments. If you have any questions you can feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] Maybe someone else will have more information for you. Hang in there. I will be praying for you.

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