CSN Login
Members Online: 3

Radiation Therapy advice desired

Posts: 3
Joined: Aug 2004

I had a stage 1 rectal tumor removed and the surgeon is letting the decision on radiation therapy up to me. The surgeon told me today the reoccurrence rate for my particular cancer is 37% and the average time is 18 months. I have a pacemaker, a 100% blockage of my left internal carotid artery, 40% coronary blockage, prior stroke and have had over 50 skin cancers removed in the past few years. I want to enjoy the rest of my life and would appreciate any suggestions or comments on the pros and cons of radiation therapy. Thank you.

Kanort's picture
Posts: 1275
Joined: Jan 2004


I'm sorry, but I did not have to have radiation so I can't offer any information. However, I send you well wishes for a complete recovery.


Posts: 768
Joined: Aug 2004

Hi there. I can only tell you what I went thru. My advice would be to speak with the radiation oncologist and weigh the pro's and con's.

I am a healthy active 42 yr. old woman diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. I went thru 6 weeks (Monday thru Friday) of Radiation along with 24hour a day / 7 days a week 5Fu chemo therapy. I did very well minus the diarreha the last two weeks. ( both the radiation and chemo can cause that). Immodium solved that problem. Radiation does not hurt. You don't feel anything. There is a possibility of some skin irritation. I didn't have any. I think the biggest pain in the butt ( excuse the pun) was traveling to the hospital every day for 6 weeks. Of course, I had no choice and looking back on the whole experience, I realize it was one of the easier parts of this whole mess.

You do sound like you have other health issues, so again, my advice would be to speak with a Radiation Oncologist.

Best of luck with your decision.



Posts: 3
Joined: Aug 2004

Thank you for your advice and sharing your personal experience. It is a great comfort.

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2016 © Cancer Survivors Network