March 15, 2006

I Met the Second Radiation Oncologist

Today I had my appointment with Dr. Oh up at the Tate Center in Glen Burnie. After what appeared to be a sketchy beginning (the first nurse was not familiar with the names of any of my prior surgeries), everything straightened out nicely, and I plan to undergo my radiation treatments at this facility instead of at Hopkins. The difference between 15 minutes and an hour one-way in a car is pretty huge for me.

Dr. Oh also reinforced the radiation option over chemotherapy or observation, and declared a little hard area under the skin at the base of my abdomen to be nothing problematic. This doc has me slated for 25 sessions, so that means 5 weeks instead of 4. I still think tne shorter distance will help me more despite an extra week of treatment.

I go in tomorrow at 8:30 AM (ouch) to get my preliminary scans done so they will then know precisely where to radiate me. I expect to start actual radiation after another week and a half or so have passed, because I need to get fertility testing and banking handled prior to the start of the radiation process. Dr. Oh says that I should expect poor results on that test, which I must admit is a blow. I am experienced with having dreams put in serious jeopardy, but at the same time, I don't think it will ever get any easier to handle it.

Right. So, setup happens tomorrow followed by about a week and a half off, followed by 5 weeks of radiation therapy. I shall keep you posted as always.

Posted by Andy at March 15, 2006 07:36 PM to the Health category

I hope all goes well Andy...sending healing energy and donna/diva from friends bd

Posted by: DIVA at March 16, 2006 08:36 AM

Hi Andy,

I had 5 weeks of radiation, after breast cancer surgery! They said tirdness is the biggest symptom. I had time to take short walks before and after, so I think, that helped me? Don't hesitate to ask for cream to put on the radiation site. My family doc. finally had to give me a prescription cream for "radiation dermatitis." It does get very sunburn like and is uncomfortable. Might want to put a pillow between your legs, when lying down..after it starts getting that way.

All the redness and being uncomfortable takes a while to go away. Keep your very positive attitude, this will help a lot.

Let us know how you are doing. Rant--Vent, whenever you need to.
Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.
Sweet Sara Lee @ Friends..

Posted by: SARA--Friends at March 16, 2006 10:46 PM
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