Jan 17, 2011 - 7:01 pm
The chemo is done and 8 days of radiation left. My skin has been holding up ok. It's red and is starting to turn black in some areas. It hurts to go to the bathroom but it's still ok. I am hoping that my skin will get through it without breaking down but know, from reading all of your experiences, to expect anything to happen between now and two weeks after treatment. Taking it one day at a time. I am still eating pretty much everything and my nausea was not bad during chemo so I count my blessings. I hope things will not get much worse... will keep all of you posted and come back for advice.
I have a questions about the booster. I have one booster treatment scheduled which appearantly is to target the area more intensely. Is that a different experience or just the same 'burn the heck out of it' experience?
Another question: how has life been for you after it has been done? The two week after, the healing after that. The waiting until you get the results... is it gone? Did they do an anal ultrasound and another biopsy (which is what they told me they will do after 2 months) or PET scan? My doc told me that there is a huge controversy around the PET/CT scan issue after treatment and that this will change... meaning they will do them a lot less as they are concerned about the damage to the body. I think it was standard protocoll to do the PET scan to make sure it is all gone but now my doc tells me that they may not do this anymore....
How has life been? Is it possible not to think about cancer all the time even though the side effects never seem to be gone? Has the quality of life improved because we have had such a horrible reminder of how precious life is... and short it could be...? Am wondering how you are all dealing with this? Is there this 5 year mark when we can all take a breather once we passed it?
Would love your feedback on this. I hope we all will be free of this cancer... forever.