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I was wondering if anyone has been through the Brachytherapy radiation. I will have the catheter inserted next week and am worried about pain and discomfort.

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anonymous

Stage 1 Patient about 8 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Before I had chemo. my oncologist ordered a "port" inserted into my upper chest. It was done under general anesthesia, even though I requested local. So.... I didn't feel a bit of pain. From the hospital after the port was place I went to the oncologist's office for my first chemo. treatement. I slept through most of it as I was exhausted but no pain at all. Being that yours is a different treatment I don't really know what is involved. I find when going through all of these procedures, they really try to make it as comfortable as they can. Don't be shy about asking anything about the procedure. Kindly question them before ANYTHING is done.... how painful is this going to be? I would imagine, if it was going to be very painful, they would put you under either general anesthesia of some kind of sedation. You could always request something if you have a low tolerance to pain. Hang in there, gal!
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Becky G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I haven't had my radiation yet. I actually had never heard about this type of radiation until I just looked it up online. I am interested in learning more about it. I am assuming, since you are having this therapy, that you haven't had surgery yet. Will this HDR Brachytherapy help you to prevent surgery? I wish you all the best!
    about 8 years Flag
    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Actually I had a lumpectomy on 2/23/12. This type of radiation will be administered internally to the area where the tumor was and will consist of 2 treatments daily 6hours apart for 5days straight. Then I will be done with radiation. I am triple...

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      Actually I had a lumpectomy on 2/23/12. This type of radiation will be administered internally to the area where the tumor was and will consist of 2 treatments daily 6hours apart for 5days straight. Then I will be done with radiation. I am triple negative so I still have to undergo chemo for 6 cycles,but the radiation is done first. This type of radiation can only be done if you are a stage 1or2 and there is no lymph node involvement. I'm just concerned about having the catheter inserted and sticking out of my body for a week or so as they say it's uncomfortable

      about 8 years Flag
    • Becky G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      They may be able to give you some pain meds if it's too uncomfortable. Ask if you can have lidocaine to numb the spot too.
      Knowing that it's only for 5 days is good!!!
      Praying this therapy works for you and that you will get through it without...

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      They may be able to give you some pain meds if it's too uncomfortable. Ask if you can have lidocaine to numb the spot too.
      Knowing that it's only for 5 days is good!!!
      Praying this therapy works for you and that you will get through it without too much pain.

      about 8 years Flag
  • anne cennamo Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I had it with a Savvy applicator it sucked. Painful uncomfortable infected... I don't know what my choices were I felt like a guinea pig. :( maybe it was the best thing... How would one really know when the Dr.s themselves don't know? Good luck blessed be
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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