Radiotherapy 

I was dreading radiotherapy so much mainly due to seeing pics on Instagram of bright red skin. Luckily for me I was reassured by three lovely ladies I have made friends with on the Facebook forum. They went through it and told me it was a breeze compared to chemo.

This is the radiotherapy machine

I go under 15 times. I drive to James Cook in Middlesbrough every day apart from weekends. I am writing this after my sixth session and so far it hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t felt any pain. I am only in around ten minutes. My skin sometimes feels tight and looks pink on a night. 

For me it’s more the embarrassment of being around young male and female assistants with no top on, one breast missing and a tube hanging out of my chest. I’m in a cold room with lasers pointing all over me and I’m being drawn on and moved around by an electronic metal bed. I always feel vulnerable in a hospital gown it reminds me of going down for surgery and feeling very much not in control. 

I do think my skin will become more pink I really hope it doesn’t blister. I have heard from friends I may get sore ribs. I’m applying cream and hoping for the best but it hadn’t been as bad as chemo and that’s something I’m really pleased with. I’ll be hit with extreme tiredness either during or after. My friend Christine said she was fine for ten days then it really hit her. It’s all a waiting game but I’ll update here later into my treatment. 

Update 7th April 2016 – I have not finished radiotherapy, I had 15 rounds and met some lovely ladies in the waiting room, one was a chemo nurse who has now had to go through chemo! another was a young woman who has had 3 brain tumours! my skin is a little pink and my ribs hurt a little if I sleep on my side.

I will always have to wear high sun factor on that area, I have been told my skin will become worse over the next week, you would think it was all over with the last one!

I was lucky enough to get my hickman line out during radiotherapy it was sore but not too bad.  so I am now at the end of treatment and no tubes in me anymore. It is time to move on now. I had a free 1 hour coaching session on Skype today and it made me think that I could really benefit from counselling to try and move on from all of this.

Update 17 April 

Now about two weeks has passed since radiotherapy I’m much more sore and uncomfortable. This is a picture of my armpit below it feels tight and really hot like sunburn. It is so uncomfortable to wear a bra. Hopefully it will ease off soon. 

This soon started to go much darker in colour and then it began to peel it was pretty bad. I was going away to Greece in two weeks so I hoped it would improve. 

Luckily once it started to peel fresh skin emerged and with lots of cream it started to look back to normal just in time for my holiday phew!! 

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4 thoughts on “Radiotherapy 

  1. I had 29 rounds of Rad TX, advice: do not put any oils over area being treated, because even if you wipe it off the oil is absorbed and can a cause skin to burn unnecessarily. I only washed with Dove non fragrance sensitive skin soap. Ask therapist what lotion you can use, if any. I had a skin sparing mastectomy for delayed recon, so I started immediately with myofascia release massage through out my treatment for minimal damage to the skin.

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