My first day of radiotherapy

@Asylum (47325)
Manchester, England
November 14, 2017 1:36pm CST
Today proved to be rather interesting. It began with being invited into a cubicle where the nurse explained in detail what would happen during the treatment. This seemed a little superfluous since I had previously been told what to expect. When I went in to the treatment room they first spent time ensuring that I was properly aligned on the table and made a scan. The treatment to the head was first, followed by readjusting my position and radiating the lungs. I was there for maybe 45 minutes. It is surprisingly difficult to lie absolutely still, especially when you are concentrating to do so. Nevertheless I managed not to move and the treatment went smoothly. I do feel a little strange at the moment, although nothing specific. It could even be my imagination. The worst part of the day was arriving at the hospital at 4 PM and discovering that the coffee bar closes at 4 PM.
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@MALUSE (32976)
• Denmark
14 Nov
When I have to lie still, I feel as if I'm lying on an anthill. I get itchy all over. Was your skin marked with a felt pen for the radiation rays?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
There are tiny tattoo marks that were applied previously.
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@nanette64 (13894)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Nov
It never fails @MALUSE . That's about the time I have to either cough, sneeze or go pee.
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@Daelii (2133)
• United States
14 Nov
I'm so sorry! I'm glad you could do it! Prayers you are feeling better soon! Did you get coffee somewhere else?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
Fortunately yes, the girl on reception told me where there was a coffee machine.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Nov
Glad you have started this treatment. Yes it must be quite strange to lie still for so long and with no coffee..booo.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
I now seem to be developing quite a headache, but it may be simply from being apprehensive for a while.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
15 Nov
@Asylum I think it is from no coffee lol
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov
@TiarasOceanView Yes, it could be withdrawal symptoms.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Nov
That timing was a blow, I'm sure. But then the coffee probably had not fresh for some time. I am glad this first treatment went well and hope that there are no ill effects from it.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
It seems to have made me seriously tired, but at least I have now had 2 days off.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Nov
@Asylum A bit of time to rest up for the next round.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
@JamesHxstatic Exactly, although I would prefer it to be already completed.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Nov
My dad didn't seem to have any side effects from his radiation but he only had 7 before he passed away.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
I am scheduled for 10 sessions during a two week period, so I am hoping to get past 7.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Nov
@Asylum For sure much good luck to you.
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@snowy22315 (34409)
• United States
16 Nov
@Asylum I hope all goes well!
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• Preston, England
23 Nov
hopefullythe treatment will make a big positive difference for you
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
23 Nov
It has certainly made me extremely tired and destroyed my appetite.
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• Preston, England
24 Nov
@Asylum there are bound to be some side effects
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@1creekgirl (8780)
• United States
14 Nov
Hope the treatments will all go well for you. Maybe arrive about 5:45 next time?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
Tomorrow I am due to arrive at 4-45 PM, but earlier on Thursday.
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• United States
14 Nov
@Asylum Good, you'll get there in time for coffee in case you don't want it from the vending machine.
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@pgntwo (21763)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
14 Nov
I hope you feel as chipper in a few days...
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
The experience was not a problem, so failing side effects I cannot envisage any problems.
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@pgntwo (21763)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
14 Nov
@Asylum I hope each day goes that way, with a positive outcome.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
@pgntwo Last night proved to be a bad night after all. I developed a major headache, which I still have a degree of now.
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Nov
I have had an MRI before and boy was it hard to stay still. I hope that treatment works for you.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
I have had several MRI scans and you simply have to stay relatively still. The difference with radiotherapy is that they require you to be absolutely still.
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@rebelann (32477)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Nov
The same was true for the MRI I had, they had to restart because I moved @Asylum I hated it.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
@rebelann The only bad thing about an MRI is the noise.
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@LadyDuck (122430)
• Switzerland
15 Nov
I wonder if I would capable to stay still for 45 minutes, this must be terribly hard. I suppose that some parts of your body could hurt not moving for so long. Terrible news about the coffee, at least the coffee bar at our local hospital closes at 8 pm.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
23 Nov
Yes, it can become a little painful lying still for so long.
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@LadyDuck (122430)
• Switzerland
24 Nov
@Asylum How do you feel now Barry? When is your next session scheduled?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov
@LadyDuck I heel wearier than I have ever done before. I have this afternoon and Monday to go, which will complete the 10 sessions.
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@shaggin (27002)
• United States
14 Nov
I hope you do not get ill from it. I don’t think my father in law got very sick from chemo. Laying still wouldn’t be too bad unless you got an itch you couldn’t scratch. I get restless legs to so that may make things worse as well.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
The only side effects that I had from chemotherapy were tiredness and loss of hair. As for radiotherapy, only time will tell.
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@shaggin (27002)
• United States
15 Nov
@Asylum Oh jeez I thought they were the same thing I'm sorry.
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@shaggin (27002)
• United States
15 Nov
@Asylum Are they both to treat cancer?
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
15 Nov
We hope that you get well soon and you would successfully be able to go through radio therapy sessions.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
I am hoping that today will be easier, but will only know after the treatment.
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@dpk262006 (54812)
• Delhi, India
16 Nov
@Asylum Let's hope that the next round of radio therapy would have remained easier and you were able to tolerate it without any problem.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov
@dpk262006 So far it seems okay.
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@Blondie2222 (18210)
• United States
15 Nov
Well I hope the treatments do the trick for you and hope the side effects aren't too bad. Sucks the coffee bar was closed.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
One unexpected result was developing a major headache last night. Of course it is difficult to be certain whether that was related to the treatment or not.
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@Blondie2222 (18210)
• United States
15 Nov
@Asylum It could be, i would keep track of your symptoms and let them know next time you go
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
@Blondie2222 Yes, I intend to.
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@LeaPea2417 (15410)
• Toccoa, Georgia
20 Nov
I pray all the treatments go well. How many of these treatments do you need to have?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
A total of 10. I had 4 last week, will have 5 this week and one the following Monday.
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@LeaPea2417 (15410)
• Toccoa, Georgia
20 Nov
@Asylum Pray it all goes well.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
@LeaPea2417 Thank you.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Nov
Is radio therapy similar to radiation over here? I've never heard of that before, so I'm not sure. Is it okay for you to eat or drink before they do the scans? A friend of mine had both chemo and radiation, but I never thought to ask her what she could or couldn't do beforehand or how it was done.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
Yes, it does involve subjecting the patient to radiation. No restrictions are placed on intake of food or drink because my treatment involves the brain and lungs. It may be different for someone who is having treatment to the stomach.
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• Midland, Michigan
19 Nov
@Asylum Do you drink coffee at home also, or were you just looking forward to having some there and that got nixed in a hurry?
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
@MarshaMusselman I usually drink coffee regular at home, but over the past few days it has become less attractive and I have switched to tea.
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@celticeagle (114511)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Nov
It sure is hard to set completely still. When I had an MRI a few months ago it was very hard. I think I had to set there for about 45 minutes also. Not fun.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Nov
You are able to move slightly during an MRI, but for radiotherapy they expect you to be completely rigid.
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@celticeagle (114511)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Nov
@Asylum .....Better in both if you don't move.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov
@celticeagle Very true.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Nov
Oh bummer, it takes a lot of coffee to make all this bearable. I am glad you are only feeling a little strange, hopefully, all the treatments will be uneventful and now at least you know that you need t arrive a bit earlier.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov
I am becoming increasingly tired lately. Went to bed at 9 PM last night and did not awake until 11 AM.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Nov
@Asylum Sleep can be very healing, your body knows what it needs so sleeping is a good thing. I know for an active person this isn't ideal but hopefully this too will pass
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@Corbin5 (82009)
• United States
14 Nov
Well, for you, they should keep that coffee bar open until you show up and get your coffee, no matter what that time it happens to be. So there. I am not sure I could lie still for 45 minutes, and I am so impressed that you were able to do so.
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
14 Nov
It should be easier to lie still tomorrow because I will be less apprehensive. Fortunately I now also know where the nearest coffee vending machine is.
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@Corbin5 (82009)
• United States
14 Nov
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@garymarsh6 (12183)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
Shock horror about the coffee bar closing! I hope you were not given a cup of ghastly NHS stuff!
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
15 Dec
I do not mind NHS coffee. I will happily drink almost any coffee.
@Shiva49 (9727)
• Singapore
28 Nov
Good that you are able to get this over with despite the closing of the coffee bar signifying the late start. Tough to be immobile for 45 minutes though, I can visualise your discomfiture - siva
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@Asylum (47325)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov
The last treatment was yesterday, which is a great feeling of relief.
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