Feb 27, 2012 - 6:14 pm
After 3 rounds of carbo/taxol chemo for UPSC 1A, I started external radiation last week. Had to suffer some indignities for simulation/set up (my 'changing room' is a tech holding up a hand towel; got all sorts of markers inserted in the va-jay-jay with various techs in the room; had photos taken while half-naked lying on a table with a marker in the vaj) but nothing was physically uncomfortable and all the techs have been super.
Radiation is a daily thing. I go in to the treatment room, the tech holds up a towel, I pull my pants to my ankles, lie on a table, get zapped, pull up my pants and leave. The whole thing takes about 7 minutes and the staff is pretty punctual about the schedule.
One week in and so far no side effects. Doc says the side effects are cumulative, and will include sunburn-like burns on the three zap sites, fatigue and diarrhea. All should be temporary, and any diarrhea should be treatable with Immodium.
Since it's still early in the treatment, I went back to work today. I'm doing 6-hour days with the right to take more time off if things get bad later on. I'm still feeling good and energetic, and hope to remain that way :)
Liz in Dallas