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Should / can I work during radiation?

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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I was diagnosed with Stage 1A in October. I had surgical biopsy/lumpectomy. Then 30 radiation treatments which ended just before Christmas. Throughout radiation I managed to babysit my two year old grandson two days a week, 10 hours each day. Friends watched him for me when I went for treatment those two days. The most tiring thing was getting back and forth to the hospital five days a week for six weeks.
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  • P C Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 0 Patient
    I took time off because I had to go twice a day.
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    • Jacquie B Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They make you go twice a day?

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I can't imagine going twice a day. It is amazing how strong we are so we can live and be with our familes. I am in awe!! I hope your journey is easier now.

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    • P C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Yes. I went in the morning and in the afternoon for seven days and I was done. They wanted me to use the mammosite style radiation, but because of the pain I had from the seromas, they decided I was not the best candidate for that. I was too...

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      Yes. I went in the morning and in the afternoon for seven days and I was done. They wanted me to use the mammosite style radiation, but because of the pain I had from the seromas, they decided I was not the best candidate for that. I was too apprehensive at that time. My radiation was external and very pointed, concentrated only on the area where the DCIS was before my lumpectomy.

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  • Becky G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I think everyone reacts to radiation differently. I have been tired the whole time. I have 4 more treatments left (out of 25) and just this week have become pretty exhausted. It's unrelenting really and I just have to lay down. Hoping I recover quickly. I feel like I'm letting my family down. But, at least I'm almost finished!
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    The rads onc had me rest and heal for 4 weeks after my last round of chemo. In the midlle of rads I took a weekend away. I left after my Friday rads and home just before my Monday rads. I teach and school started during my 3rd week. I was real tired but it is very doable. Just take care of your skin so wearing a bra and work clothes won't be miserable.
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  • shen cruces Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    I'm getting ready to start radiation too and making the decision to work more. I teach ceramics and it is very tiring so I am looking at only going back part time ( but that all depends on you and your situation). I would see if you can start back part time at first and work you way towards full time. Does anyone know if disability benefits can be changed to pt benefits?
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  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi I did work when I had my radiation treatments I did get a little tired at the end but it was doable good luck to ya
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  • tara mollick Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had rads for 6-7 weeks and went to work everyday. They can schedule you around your work schedule. My doc told me use inexpensive lotion and drink a gallon of water a day. It worked for me. Got like a bad sunburn but no rash or peeling. I changed my soap to Ivory and didn't spray perfume on my chest. I left work early on the very last day because I was super tired. May want to have your thyroid checked after radiation. Mine went hypo afterward. You'll get through this easier than you think. I promise :)
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    • shen cruces Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      What was the lotion?

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Yes, working is very doable. You get tired but can function. It is 5 days a week for 6-7 weeks so it depends on how flexible your job is with your schedule. I am a nurse working 12 hour shifts and it was a challenge but I got it done .
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  • carol magee Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Try to scheduler
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Wow! Well if you can do it so can I. My job is shift work but only 8 hours a day for 8 days. My company I work for is good but they are encouraging me to take the time off. Just has a second surgery a week ago for partial mastectomy. Feeling much better after this last surgery. First time I got an infection.
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I think you can work...but my dr told me the skin would be worse the week after my 16 th rads...and it did. Second degree burns, very painful but 3 weeks later it has healed. Good luck!
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