Mombu 2009-04-09 03:03:54
Is there a “set” time that they must wait to do our radiation treatments
after we are done with Chemo? Is it the same for everyone or does it
depend on what type of Chem we get and for how long? I ask this
because my oncologist said today I must wait 2 weeks after my last Chemo
treatment to start radiation and a friend seems to think it must be 4
weeks because that is what she had to wait. I am due to go get
“marked” Thanksgiving week so doesn’t that mean they plan on doing
radiation at some time following that? My “marking” will be 2 weeks
following what I was told was my last Chemo. I was just wondering what
it was for most of you with your experiences. Thanks!
Kaye301 2009-04-09 03:04:23
<< Is there a "set" time that they must wait to do our radiation treatments after we are done with Chemo? >>
I am not certain, but I had my first radiation treatment 23 days after my last
chemo. I did read somewhere that they like you to have it within a certain
time after you have had surgery–but am not certain of that time (only thing
that comes to mind is 6 mos. but not sure if that is correct).
Bell-lady 2009-04-09 07:52:53
Seems like mine was 4 weeks, but I don’t remember any pressure to make it
sooner or later, but then its been 2 years and I can’t remember
My ‘marking’ as you state (we called it tattoo!) was just days before
beginning treatments, and treatments were EVERY day. Only day we missed was
if the radiation machine was down.
We played puzzles,chatted, ate cookies if we had to wait a few minutes,
which wasn’t often, treatment took <10 minutes, the dressed again and left for home. Totally painless, harmless except for time interruption, but at that time I was unemployed, it made a nice diversion meeting friends there... The 'tattoo' is just a half-dozen or so pencil mark sized dots marking the 'corners' of the area where they have to line up the machine to get the best coverage while missing the major organs. It takes quite a bit longer than the treatments, so don't think they'll all take as long as the first one! Again, painless, kind of interesting. Every once in awhile I see one of my tattoo marks and think it's a tiny blackhead - how soon we forget! Don't worry, radiation is definitely the least worrisome of what you've been thru. Ann in PA
*shaz^ 2009-04-09 07:53:11
I think the delay between having chemo and radiotherapy is, so that your body can get back to some sort of normality, ie: cell damage(I think I was told that they had to make sure that my bloods came back ok. That my blood count was back to a reasonable limit), before I could go ahead with my Radiotherapy. Hope i've helped a bit, Take care, Shaz x
Pfm02 2009-04-09 12:48:42
I was advised at the ariamycian in my system from the last drip session would take at least 4 weeks to work out my system then I would be scheduled form radiation zaps Paul
Kaye301 2009-04-09 17:31:01
would take at least 4 weeks to work out my system then I would be scheduled form radiation zaps That regimen may be the safest, but I do know of someone who received chemo and radiation during the same period--and one of her chemo's was adriamycin...
Pfm02 2009-04-09 17:31:15
I specifically asked why I could not receive both procedures at the same time & was advised the it was too dangerous to have the adraimycin in my system while receiving radiation & they would not do it.. Paul adriamycin...
Sssynsmrt 2009-05-06 04:15:14
The radiation oncologist I saw wanted to start radiation treatments within 6-8 weeks after the last chemo. Sassy