Post Edited (mcjane) : 1/14/2010 10:38:12 PM (GMT-7)
Thinking about you too Bev had an appointment today to prepare to start rads and wanting to let you know that you are my mentor you encouraged me to get started and I did, this morning.
The doctor explained the procedure and skin care, use Camay or Dove soap only and creams will be prescribed for me when needed, she also said to avoid vitamins CAD&E while on radiation, but did allow me to take 1000 IU of D3 down from my usual 2000 IU.
I would have a few tattoos (3) which they did today for a referance and will put a few more on next visit to pinpoint where the radiation will go. At first the radiation will be where the tumor was and then my entire breast. Also had a cat scan, Xrays will be taken on my next visit. Since my cancer is in the left breast I was concerned about damage to my heart. Dr Weiss assured me there will be no damage...she has been doing radiation for 20 years and has never had it happen.
All in all it was a good visit. I'm on my way to a complete recovery.
Robin you bet it helps, this information is mostly new to me so it's really appreciated.
I was told to wear loose fitting, preferably cotton, clothes. A bra is no problem as I don't need to wear one since my lumpectomy and reconstruction which was a breast lift. I've been told it's best to go without one.
I've written down the names of what you used and will ask for the same since you did so well with it.
Underarm irritation was never mentioned maybe because my lymph nodes were clear and hopefully I won't be radiated there, but I have a feeling your nodes were clear as well and you could still have a problem.
As for being tired you are to be commended for taking on all you did, specially college, while doing chemo and radiation not to mention working full time.
I went back to school at 40 to get my RN (associate degree) at 60 which is where I am right now, I don't think I could do it even if I didn't have cancer. Robin you are amazing.
The best help and information about BC cancer it's treatment, side effects, etc comes from right here where personal experience is golden. Soon I will be able to share my experiences and I'm kinda looking forward to it.
Starting rads February 2nd and will let you all know how it goes.