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Unread 06-14-2002, 09:31 PM
Radiation question

One of the women at work has just told us that she has recurrent cervical cancer and has to have radiation.

I only know chemo, not radiation, so my question is- what can we expect as far as her symptoms or ability to work?(she is in a clerical position). I know everyone is different but, you know, generally speaking. She says "no problems" and that she won't be missing ANY work (this seems unreasonable to me), but we want to be prepared to help if needed.

Thanks gal pals.
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Unread 06-15-2002, 10:14 AM
Radiation question

Hi, Diane!

How nice of you to be concerned about one of your colleagues!

I did find a thread that discusses the experience of a couple of our ladies here. Please keep in mind that this is only their experience and other women may have fewer difficulties or more difficulties. But it should give you an idea of what might occur.

https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...ight=radiation
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Unread 06-15-2002, 04:33 PM
Radiation question

Hey Deliz,

I didn't have a gyn cancer but I had a lot of pelvic radiation because of lymphoma. All in all I had 25 treatments given 5 days a week 5 weeks. My last round was the toughest because it was done in 4 consecutive weeks. For me, and this is only my experience, by the third week, I had a pretty good radiation burn, some stomach upset and the MAJOR thing was the tiredness. Now I did have chemo at the same time I had radiation, so some of my side effects could have been chemo induced. But the skin irritation was pretty bad by week three. I blistered some and that made it hard to wear regular clothes. Some bowel and bladder pain too. Cranberry juice is a must during radiation! It helped me alot. I'm still dealing with the tiredness issue. Sometimes you feel like you just can't hold your head up and you just need to find a place to relax for a little while. I do know that I will never say "just" radiation treatmet again. It does make ya tired.
Just remember, this was my experience, not everyone has these effects, I'm praying that your friend has uneventful treatments!
Hugs,
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Unread 06-16-2002, 03:41 PM
Radiation question

Hi......I just want to let you know that I am one of the radiation "girls". I am a school teacher, and I worked during my treatments.
It is definitely different for everybody. I had alot of problems with my bladder and bowel, yet was able to work.
I believe she will be able to work, but may need to take a day here and there.
Let us know how she does.
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Unread 06-18-2002, 07:03 PM
Radiation question

Hi, I also am one of the radiation girls. I had some burning towards the end of my treatments. Everybody is different and some don't suffer the burning. The fatigue was something else. I only missed a couple of day of 7+ weeks of radiation.

I would take radiation and go home and go to bed, then get up the next morning and go to work. Towards the end the getting up and going to work was hard.

The biggest help I had was I didn't have to fix meals, which takes energy. I could concentrate on eating, which suprisingly takes energy.

sss to you for caring about your co-worker.
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