Aug 05, 2002 - 9:23 pm
I have recently had a neck dissection to treat a Merkel Cell Carcinoma which had spread to the lymph nodes in my neck. I am going to start radiation to the neck next week, and am wondering what to expect. Of course I have gotten the list of possible side effects from the doctors, but think that someone who has gone through it will have a much better way of explaining it. I do realize that it is different for everyone, however as I am looking through these messages, it seems that the side effects are worse than my doctor is letting on to. (Typical.) Is there anyone out there who didn't have many problems with the radiation?
Also, it has been recommended that I follow these radiation treatments with chemotherapy, and although I have not had the appointment with the medical oncologist yet and do not know what type of cocktail they plan to use, I am wondering if there is anyone out there who had the radiation followed by chemo and could compare the two? Which was worse?
Thank you in advance for any information.