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   Posted 8/26/2005 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
     Big sigh of relief- the new lump was benign. The path report reads fatty necrosis macrophages(white blood cells) and granular mitosis inflamation.So, now I can finally start rads.Yay! Im getting to closer to having a break from all of these hospital
 trips.It's a good thing my thumb still works-with gas prices being what they are I may have to use it. LOL!
     Im not looking forward to the hour and a half on the road each day for rads. Although I can't wait to start so I can be done. Are there any particular lotions, or products I should consider buying before I start? The radiologist pretty much told me Aloe vera gel.
Thanks ladies,
"There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."     -Albert Einstein

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   Posted 8/26/2005 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
WOO HOO! Love the B9 report! Happy dancin' here for ya! Now, on to radiation....

I used Aloe Fruit of the Earth gel, and that was it. I used regular ivory soap in the shower and did well. You should check with the doc though, they all seem to recommend and approve a different product for us.

An hour and a half? Where are you doing rads? Did you say at Novi Providence? I went to Providence in SOuthfield, which was very close to homeand work for me.

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   Posted 8/26/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Whew!  What a relief!  I am so happy for you.  As for rads, I just used aloe vera gel and had no major problems.  I am very fair skinned, too, so I was pleasantly surprised at how well my skin did.  I took a week break between weeks 4 & 5 for a planned trip and that worked out well.  The last 7 days of electron (boost) treatment, it got very red, but never blistered. 
That is quite a drive for you.  I thought mine was bad.  I absolutely loved my treatment team and hope you do too.
L & H,

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   Posted 8/26/2005 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Great news for you and what a relief! I cant help you with the rads because I just started chemo.
Congrats again


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   Posted 8/27/2005 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good news. Sorry you have to travel so far with these gas prices. I was lucky, mine was on my way to work and I only live 7 miles from work.

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   Posted 8/27/2005 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news on to the next step huh radiation...I used radia plex gel and took showers with Ivory bar soap too.. and when I felt hot and was starting to get alittle red I would take a shower to cool my skin down. My radiologist told me not to put the gel on before radiation. I guess some say to make sure you put it on 2 hours before and not closer. Mine said don't put it on that day until after tx. I got up in mornings took shower cleaned with ivory bar soap and never put the gel on, once I was done with radiation I put it on right away and then few times during the day. I took my radiation at 11:30am. I am done with my treatments now ended 1 1/2 weeks ago and during my treatments I had no burns and my skin only turned pink but was gone the next morning, but the last week with the boosters I did get more of a red color and dry skin. I used the radia plex gel for one week and now I put a light eucerin cream on. So good luck and just be persistant with your skin care and you will do fine. Now my skin is almost back to normal!!!  skeeter1
Ps radiation never made me feel bad at all no symptoms from that I could speak of maybe just a little tired, but no problems with it..

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   Posted 8/27/2005 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the benign! As for radiation, my doc told me to use Radiacare gel ONLY. I did and never had any problems, except some peeling right at the end. I got it at the pharmacy, but didn't need a prescription.

Best of luck!
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Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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   Posted 8/27/2005 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful news. I used powder, made with cornstarch through out the day. I would just go in the bathroom sprinkle some on the breast and I never had a problem. It kept everything dry and that was what they siad they wanted.
My best to you.

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   Posted 8/27/2005 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks ladies-
I guess I should explain the hour and a half is round trip, but I Hate going to the doctors now.It sounds like everyone did well during rads, so I hope to also.
"There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."     -Albert Einstein

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   Posted 8/28/2005 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
So happy to hear you got great news about the new lump. I know you had to be scared to death. Hugs, MK

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