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is radiation worse than chemo?

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Stage 2B Patient over 5 years
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  • Blair Greiner Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Finished chemo. Started radiation last week. You are comparing apples to oranges but if you want to, chemo is way worse.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Jacquie B Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Radiation was a cake walk. 33 sessions. A few blisters, red, hot and a little sore. I expected much worse. I was happy with mine. Didn't have chemo.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I didn't have radiation but from what I hear.... it is easier that chemo. Good luck to you. Take care, Sharon
    over 5 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      thank you, I am starting on Fri

      over 5 years Flag
  • Jan Jones Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    No! I didn't have chemo, had rad 35 treatments. Got tired with a little skin irritation. But that's all. This was 12 years ago. The room and machine look scarybut you will be fine. Let us know how you are doing.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Jan Jones Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    No! I didn't have chemo, had rad 35 treatments. Got tired with a little skin irritation. But that's all. This was 12 years ago. The room and machine look scarybut you will be fine. Let us know how you are doing.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I agree with the other ladies, just keep your skin well moisturized!
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Renee' Means Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    As everyone always says, we're all different and we experience our treatment in different ways. Unfortunately for me, radiation was as bad or worse than chemo. I too had heard how easy radiation was and had not prepared myself to deal with how bad it was for me. I burnt, blistered, and peeled multiple layers of skin and had severe pain, for which I went back on prescription pain meds during the last two weeks of radiation. Although I didn't think I could do it, and in fact told the doctor I wanted to give up, I am happy to say I finally made it through as scheduled. I finished my 30 rad treatments on October 9th. Although my experience seems to be "not the norm", radiation can be hard. For me, it wiped me out both in body & spirit. My skin is healing more every day, it is still not completely healed, but almost all the pain is gone and I can now use my left arm again. :). So, it does eventually get better. For the record, I had 4 doses of AC (every other week), followed by 12 weekly doses of Taxol. Good luck to you with your radiation treatments!
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    • Renee' Means Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I meant to include some things that helped along the way. My RO (rad onc) had me using Aquaphor, and the prescribed Xclair once I started blistering. For my last 7 rad treatments, they also added in a 20 min laser wound therapy, which I do...

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      I meant to include some things that helped along the way. My RO (rad onc) had me using Aquaphor, and the prescribed Xclair once I started blistering. For my last 7 rad treatments, they also added in a 20 min laser wound therapy, which I do believe helped keep the burning from getting a lot worse. Also, I continued the laser wound therapy for the week after my rad treatments ended to help with the healing. As I said, am still not completely healed but am doing much better now that I'm not being radiated every day.

      over 5 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Not at all. Chemo had loss of taste, flu like aches, loss of hair, loss of energy. Radiation had slight redness of skin, had energy, didn't have any eating restrictions. Chemo was only 6 treatments, once every 3 weeks, radiation 32 treatments Monday thru Friday. Radiation a whole lot easier.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I found it easier than the surgery and that recovery period. I would do it again if I had to.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Blair Greiner Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Finished chemo. Started radiation last week. You are comparing apples to oranges but if you want to, chemo is way worse.
    over 5 years Comment Flag
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    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Radiation physical effects on body and skin were easier to tolerate than chemo HOWEVER the humiliation I experienced during radiation was AWFUL! Being "summoned" by a bell when it's your "turn," being asked to undress in front of a new set of "techs" (at least 7 times-4 of them male), subjected to being photographed and "marked" up like a piece of meat, lying on a table and told "you can't see us but we can see you" as the techs hurry out the room and told "Don't move to cover yourself up until we come back in the room" was the absolute WORST experience of my life. At least when I received chemo I was in a room by myself and given some sense of respect and privacy. My experience was HORRIBLE!
    almost 2 years Comment Flag
  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I dident have to have chemo but I did do radiation it wasent bad at all the last 5 was where I got my burns good luck to ya
    over 5 years Comment Flag
  • Leanne  Kirsch Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    For me... Radiation has been much worse. I experienced mostly nausea and fatigue with chemo. However, with radiation I have experienced extreme fatigue, serious pain, chronic aching / flu-like symptoms, nausea and severe diarrhea, daily headaches, and serious radiation burns... burnt skin turned to blisters and then open wounds which burned and itched. I also had generalized pain in my breast which I did not have after surgery or during chemo. Radiation was extremely taxing and completely wiped me out. It was way worse than chemo.
    about 1 year Comment Flag
  • Francine Williams Profile
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    了解乳腺癌
    Radiation was a walk in the park;)
    over 5 years Comment Flag

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