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Unread 02-04-2003, 10:09 PM
Radiation and Brachytherapy

I need some help!!!!!
I was diagnosed two days before Christmas with adenocarcinoma cervical cancer. The doctor said that I needed a radical hysterectomy, but that because of my weight he felt that I needed radiation and brachytherapy instead.
So I started radiation on Monday and I start brachytherapy week 3 of my radiation. I am sure that this is all in my mind, but I felt very nauseated today, almost like I was going to vomit.

Is it possible to feel side effects so soon?? I am so nervous that every little thing I feel, I think it is a direct link to my radiation.
How will I know if my bladder and bowels become damaged?

Any information would make me feel much better.

Love you all

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Unread 02-04-2003, 10:30 PM
try to relax

Hi Sonja,
I personally don't have any info for you but I'm sure some of the ladies will be able to help you soon. I just wanted to respond because obviously you are up late and worried.

The unknown is scarry. Try to hang in there.


I'm in Illinois, too.
Unread 02-04-2003, 10:43 PM
Radiation and Brachytherapy


I am going through chemo and radiation right now for cervical cancer. It is week 2 for me and the radiation has had little effect on me at this time. Since I am having both chemo and radiation, I believe my effects are a result of the chemo rather than the radiation at this point. The Radiology Oncologist tells me that radiation effects are more noticeable around the 3rd week. I will have internal as well, but not until my 6th week when the external is done.

Your Radiology Oncologist should have information on how to prepare yourself for the treatments. He mentioned that I shouldn't go into a treatment on a empty bladder because a full bladder extends some of the intestines out of the radiation field.

I hope this helps, If you want more details you can contact me.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of us going through this road to recovery,

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Unread 02-05-2003, 08:03 AM
Radiation and Brachytherapy


I don't have any personal experience with radiation but wanted to send you some 's. Be sure to document what you're feeling like so you can update the Dr.

From what I've read from the gals here who had radiation, just like chemo, everyone's reactions and side effects from it differ greatly.

I hope that the nausea will ease for you and the treatments go well with minimal side effects.


Unread 02-05-2003, 08:38 AM
I had radiation and chemo

I was like Trish, I had chemo along with my radiation, and felt that most of my problems that I had the first week or so were due to the chemo. My first week, I had my chemo on Monday then radiation the rest of the week. I did have some diarrhea by wednesday, and felt like I was on a rollercoster all week. (You know that feeling you get after you get after you get off a rollercoster) I blamed the rollercoster effect on the chemo. And my radiaologist said that the diarrhea could have been from that as well. I am not a doctor or a nurse, but could some of the nasuea be from nerves. As far as the bladder goes, I had some irritation around week 4 or so. It kinda hurt to pee, and sometimes I couldn't get to the bathroom fast enough. Just be sure to tell the radiologist or even the techs that do the radiotherapy about your symptoms and they will help you with it if they can. They (my techs) told me that when they ask "how you are doing" they really want to know. They want to know how you are doing with the treatments, if you have any side effects they want to know. So let them know that you have been nauseaous. The doctor can prescribe something for that if needed.

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