Hi, my name is Leslie. I just finished my ABVD chemo for Hodgkins and will begin radiation on my neck and throat (I guess it is what they call the the mantle area) next week. I will be getting radiation for 2 weeks.
I have read the message boards and have a pretty good idea about the side effects ( sore throat, loss of saliva, mouth sores, fatigue, etc.) I wanted to know the onset of these side effects. Is it immediately after the first session or does it accumulate and get worse as the radiation continues? Also, is there anything you have found useful to prevent/manage these side effects?
Thank you all for your input. I had a lot of questions/concerns answered before undergpoing chemo that were answered by these message boards. In fact, they were more useful than my doctors advice. All he said the first day of treatment was "if you get nausea, take the zofron but you shoudn't feel nausea" "You'll be fine" It is much better hearing what to expect from people that have actually been there!!!