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  #1  
Unread 07-20-2001, 07:37 PM
Markers for radiation

Hi everyone!

Today I went in to get my measurements for radiation. A marker was placed in my vagina, and I think one was placed rectally, as well. I've been having some cramping ever since - not sure if it's the markers or from the pelvic exam. Half a pain pill tonight, that's for certain!

I start radiation to the pelvis on Tuesday, 5 days a week for six weeks. I'm really feeling quite positive about it all. I have all my "tattoos" in place, lower belly and sides. At the end of the six weeks, I'll be going to the oncology section of the castle and radio-isotopes will be placed in the vagina under sedation. Then I'll be an in-patient for 30 hrs, with company allowed for 15 minutes only. My husband and I are already hearing the glow-in-the-dark jokes!

If anyone else has gone through this, I'd love to hear from you! Congrats to our cancer-free sisters! Three cheers! Now that you're cancer free, how often will you all be needing checkups?

Thanks, everyone!
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Unread 07-20-2001, 07:44 PM
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Mindy, I really wanted to tell you that I was so glad to read that you have a positive attitude towards your coming up treatments! This is so important, and I hope that this feeling continues for you! We will all be here cheering you on!!
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Unread 07-20-2001, 07:58 PM
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Hugs ((((Mindy)))))

Cyd is right...you are really positive about this, thats half the battle!
Your treatment schedule sounds like mine. But mine was chemo, but it was 5 days straight each session every 3 weeks.

We have several ladies here who have been through what you are having and they will be along shortly I am sure. They are lovingly known as the "radiation sisters"

Keep us posted on how you are making out, and remember you aren't going through this alone.

My checkups are every 3 months for at least the first year, than maybe every 6 months the second, but I am not sure about that yet.
Sending good thoughts and prayers Mindy. I found using visualization techniques helped alot. I would picture the chemo disolving away all the bad cells!
Take care!
M. xo
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Unread 07-20-2001, 11:21 PM
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Hi Mindy,
First let me commend you on such a great attitude!!! FANTASTIC!!!! You are going to sail right through this. I guess you could call me one of the "radiation sisters" I see you will be joining this little subfamily of the hystersister community. Your treatments sound very similiar to mine. I had 26 consecutive external treatments, and then an iinternal for 24 hours. I had stage 2B uterine cancer. What was your diagnosis? I am now considered to be cancer-free, however, it seems I have not completely healed from the surgery, because of the radiation. But that is a whole other story. I wish you the best of luck with your treatments. Please keep us posted on your progress. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Valentina
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Unread 07-20-2001, 11:56 PM
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Hi Mindy, well you are starting your radiation the best way.... with a positive attitude. I am another one of the radiation sisters, so welcome to our little group . I am willing to help you with anything you want to know. I have to be checked every 3 mths for this first year.. my first oncology checkup is on Aug 2. I know I am cancer free and I am going to stay that way. Remember that we are all with you. Much love always x x


Each time I had a treatment I would close my eyes and imagine my guardian angel was with me. That helped me alot. x x
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Unread 07-21-2001, 01:02 PM
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MindyLee!!! I wanted to send to you well wishes for your upcoming treatment! You sound like one tough lady!!

In regards to your journey with the radio-isotopes. my brother had thyroid cancer several years ago. I know the we're talking about 2 different cancers feet apart but.........part of his treatment was to ingest radioactive material and he had to be isolated in a small hospital room....couldn't leave the room and couldn't have visitors either until his urine measured a certain level of radioactive material so that others would be safe around him. He also couldn't be around small children for a while either. He said it was a very interesting experience!!! He is cancer-free!!!!!

God bless you!!!!
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Unread 07-21-2001, 07:23 PM
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Fellow Radiation Sisters -

Thanks for all the positive support! My diagnosis was just a little 1a in the uterus and on the left ovary. Couldn't say for sure if it had metastasized to the ovary or not, so they have to act as if it is and treat this aggressively - said this type of cancer can be a real hum-dinger if it returns, possibly attaching to bladder, stomach, kidneys, etc. I have more endometriosis in there, so they want to "zap" it all.

Appreciate all of you - so honored to be a member of the "club".

Does anyone know about these metal markers that were placed internally? Are they supposed to come out on there own, or do they need to be removed?

My DD just told me, at my 3 wk checkup that I could resume water aerobics. Two days later, I received all these lines on me, and was told only to shower with my back against the water. Guess that leaves water aerobics out of the picture, hm?

Hugs to you all!!
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Unread 07-21-2001, 07:25 PM
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Hey gals -

One more question. I've read here that the radiation slows down the healing process, so will I have to see my DD again at the end of six weeks?

Have an oncologist, guess he's tell me?

I'll figure this all out soon!
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Unread 07-21-2001, 07:35 PM
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Hi Mindy, we are all with you . x x x I didnt have markers placed internally, so I cant help you with that. My cancer was treated aggressivley as well and it is good to know that is being done. I was allowed to shower and bathe as usual, so give the radiologist a call about the water aerobics, it is good if you can keep your life as normal as possible while going through the treatments. One thing Mindy DD is the abbrev. for dear daughter, As for healing.... ask if it is ok to take Vit. C as this does help with the healing process, but it is important to check with the radiologist first as they all have different opinions . I tool alot of vit and mineral supplements while going through treatment, my radiologist said it was ok. A big hug to you Mindy, you take care x x x
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Unread 07-21-2001, 07:52 PM
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Hi Mindy,
I, like Robyn did not have any markers internally. That may have something to do with the water. I had no bath or shower restrictions. I had markers placed internally only when they first photographed my insides to decide where to radiate.
I do not know anything about any lines on me.
I saw my doctor every week to see how I was doing. Actually I saw him more often, he always made himself available, I was fortunate in that way. The radiation did seem to slow the healing process in my case, not sure if it happens to everyone. How soon after surgery will you start the radiation? I started after 5 weeks.
My doctor
did not want me to take any supplements. Robyn's doctor seemed to think it was OK. I guess you should ask your doc his/her opinion.
Feel free to keep asking away. We will answer as much as we can. I know it can be very overwhelming at times.
Is it uterine cancer that you have? Do you know the grade?
Valentina
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