Thanks in advance for any answers or advice.
My husband had a tumor removed and we just found out it was cancerous, has anyone had radiation?
- 14 Jun 2011 by Anonymous
Added 14 Jun 2011:
I AM IN SHOCK
14 Jun 2011
I am sooo sorry honey!! Keep positive (ya I know), I didn't have radiation, but my father did for throat cancer. Can you tell us where the tumor was? It kind of makes a difference on what the radiation will affect. I really feel like I know you, and I just want to help. Was the doctor kind, he/she should have told you what to expect. Remember how strong you are, and how strong we are on this end. Give me more info when you can... Sweetpea
14 Jun 2011
I am sending you and your hubby lots of love and keeping you in my prayers. You know me always recommending a website but maybe try the following: http://tcrc.acor.org/radiation.html
This article covers everything from what the treatment is, to why it's done, how it works, what the side effects are, and personal accounts from those that have had radiation for testicular cancer.
We are here for you honey and are going to continue to be,
14 Jun 2011
Hi sweetie, I am so sorry you and your hubby have to deal with this terrible disease - cancer! You are always so sweet and kind, I will be praying for you and your family as I am sure many others will also be. I have a good friend who went through prostate cancer here recently and had radiation and came through it just fine. In fact, you never would have known there was a problem. You go ahead and bring your troubles here sweetie so we can support you and pray for you - things are going to be ok!
14 Jun 2011
Even if it's cancerous and it was removed it doesn't mean that it's a bad thing. If they got it all and monitor it then he will continue to live a long life. Todays technology is amazing and PRAYERS WORK MIRACLES! I will continue to pray for you and your family. Never depend on what a doctor tells you because the survival rate is very positive these days. They don't usually remove them if they are life threatening. They only remove them when they know it will cure the problem. He has already had a miracle. Everything will be just fine. Do not worry. I speak from experience with a family member.
14 Jun 2011
Sweetlemon, I am so sorry that your husband is ill. I know my dad had throat cancer and underwent chemo and radiation. I remember him having some nausea, weakness, decreased appetite and depression. Those are the side effects that I remember. I am sure that he had more. But back then there was not alot of medications available to help control the side effects. Today, with cancer research, it is amazing what the medical can do to treat cancer. I worked as a nurse on oncolobgy for awhile when I was in the working world. My patients did not have to be in alot of pain because of the stronger pain medications we have today. There are drugs to treat all the side effects. It is important to remember that patients can respond differently to cancer treatment. I have seen so many patients beat cancer and live happy lives.
Of course it depends on the cancer, the patient, the family, and other variables. I am here for you! You are always there for everyone else. You are a special person and I am glad to be your friend. I will pray for your dad. Please take care of yourself also. You can e-mail me personally anytime. I will also give you my phone number if you need a friend to listen. Please let me know how your dad is doing. And of course I want to know how you are doing. Take care, Sweetie Pie
14 Jun 2011
We spoke before, and you are his pillar, you must remain strong and support D, only you can help him get through these hard times, with love, understanding and all that we talked about before.
Never lose your faith Lara, always keep your calm and pray my dearest friend. God does wonders, for I am a walking example and you very well know that.-
All my love to you D and S,
20 Jun 2011
Hello my friend, I have stage 3 pancreatic cancer, was diagnosed Nov 4th 2010. I had a Whipple operation from hell right away to remove the tumor etc. They took half my stomach, half my large and small intestines, my gallbladder, 8 lymph nodes and most of my pancreas. I now have a 15 inch scar across my stomach they literally cut me in half.
As for chemo and radiation, all i can tell you is I just finished six months of weekly chemo. And yes it was hell!! I remember the chemo nurses telling me the first day don't listen to all the horror stories. Now I look back and say YES listen to them all and believe them. Their true!! Chemo is pure hell on your system. I believe it brings you as close to death without killing you as you can get. I got so sick from time to time on the chemo I could barely walk and my wife had to hold me up just to walk to the bathroom. And the sickness and nausea is unreal. Their are so many bad side effects caused by chemo. I know I ended up in the ER three times during my six months chemo. My chemo caused me peripheral Neropathy a form of severe nerve damage in both my feet. Put me in a wheel chair for several weeks because I could not stand or walk, The pain was incredible!!
I begin my radiation laser treatments in about a week. My understanding is radiation laser treatments are mild and more direct and localized to the cancer area itself. More of a direct shot, like a rifle shot. Chemo is a dam shotgun blanket approach and wipes you out completely.
Their is no other way for me to put it. Chemo is pure hell and I know I suffered greatly from it, I would say the chemo is and was just as bad if not worse then the cancer itself.
Radiation is mild and easy compared to chemo...
21 Jun 2011
Dear Lara: so sorry I have been off site for the past 11 days, dealing with my husband's surgery and hellish aftermath.
I send you and your husband love and prayers for a speedy recovery!
Please PM me any time.
Best Wishes-- from one Irish lass to another!
Mary, madhatter, 6/20, 8:10pm, PDT
31 Jul 2011
hang in there, my mom started radiation to her right breast 3 weeks ago for newly diagnosed breast cancer. the usual / potential symptoms w/ radiation include fatigue, some times swelling, redness at the site. be sure to watch the area closely and have md/ or PA check him out if any concerns. Because of the fatigue , i have noticed quite a few pts get dehydrated (as they do not take in enough fluids). make sure your husband keeps water, gatorade with him at all time, especially w/ this humidity. decreased appetitie, depression, slight discomfort at the area are also potential concerns. good luck to the both of you.
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