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My mother has to do both radiation and chemotherapy for 6 weeks, what can I expect?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Teresa Sewell Profile
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    Stage 2B 病人
    Each person's journey is different. Your mother's oncologist will give you a list of medications and side aftects. These days, each type of cancer has it's own recipe card and the Dr follows that type of treatment. Depending on the reactions to the treatment, this can be altered. I was allergic to one of my anti-nausea medications and I got migranes. My Dr changed medicines. Expect nothing after the first dose of chemo. The symptons usually begin after the second treatment. Radiation will follow. The radiation oncologist will set up a treatment regimine specifically designed for your mother. She may get sore and red in the treated area. The staff at the radiation clinic will give her lotion that is best suited for her reaction. Although this is a scary walk for your mother and your family, there is always support within the oncology and radiation clinics. If you or your mother has issues coping, make sure you let her doctors know. Some find support groups are available, but I chose not to attend. A cookbook, Eating Well Thru Cancer, was useful to me as it helped with food selections while I was having some symptoms. Bottom line is, if you have questions or concerns at all thru this process, the doctors and their staff are trained and more than willing to help you thru this phase of your mother's life. Take care and good luck.
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  • Chelita M Profile
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    Simptoms are different for everyone. During chemo my dr. Recommended to drink ginger ale, it helped me a lot with the nausea and was pretty much the only liquid I could take. Vitamin e helps a lot too, either orally or as an ointment specially during radiation. Take care.
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    • Crystal Jackson Profile
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      乳癌幸存者从 2011

      I had both. I felt tired a few days after each chemo session. I lost my taste for approx 7-10 days after each chemo but it came back. I drank protein shakes during that time. Sugar free candy may help. During radiation I was tired by Thursday each...

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      I had both. I felt tired a few days after each chemo session. I lost my taste for approx 7-10 days after each chemo but it came back. I drank protein shakes during that time. Sugar free candy may help. During radiation I was tired by Thursday each week. That tiredness lasted for several weeks after radiation ended. Make sure she moisturizes the area or radiation. I suggest aquaphor. Good luck to her

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    • Bethany Greer Profile
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      Thank you :)

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  • san p.c. Profile
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    Nausea & vomiting are the usual symptoms, weakness & over fatigue, but after all treatment, it will resolve... I just followed advices & its really helps a lot, to go on swimming, excersice, anti oxidant foods, & stress free life...
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  • Robbin Boozer Profile
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    I can't say about the chemo, but my mother just finished radiation and it sapped the life out of her. She had her last treatment on 8/30 and she still has not gotten her strength back. Also, her breast is burnt black from the radiation and has soreness and tenderness now in both breast where she did t have before. She says it's a burning pain and it comes when it wants to.
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    anonymes
    Stage 2A Patient
    Knackered and sore
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    Aloe verra is good for the sore skin
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  • Catherine Venteman Profile
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    乳癌幸存者从 2009
    Chemo and radiation are not easy but some people tolerate it better than others. The medications for nausea were great and I had a fairly easy time. Loss of taste, constipation were some of side affects I suffered during chemo. Be careful during radiation. I treated my skin with Vitamin E Macro cream and paw-paw ointment.That worked well. The nurses are great at giving advise about treating burnt skin
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