This link discusses ways to manage those side effects.
Talk to your Radiation oncologist about what your potential side effects will be, and their recommendations for managing and getting through the best way you can.
Radiation treatments have cumulative side effects. Fatigue can go on for a couple of weeks after the treatments end, and this is normal. Ask your Radiation team to give you information about your specific treatment plan, and what they recommend you watch for, report and keep track of during the treatments.
Hi Catherine52, everyone reacts differently. I had 33 treatments for breast cancer and found it extremely tiring, not only physically but emotionally. It was just such a drag going day after day. And it did build up as the treatment went on. Try planning to do a little something you enjoy after your treatment. Unfortunately I fell into visiting the cheesecake shop that was across the street from my skytrain station - I should have planned better.
But other people feel well enough to go to work after.
Try to get enough sleep, drink lots of water, and exercise if you can. It does help.
For me, it was tiring, and I just gave in to the need to have a nap most days. I found that the travel time to and from the hospital meant that it took my life over for those few weeks. The team at the Cancer Centre were so so nice. Kind, cheerful, chatty. They really made things bearable.
I needed some help with my skin towards the end, the oncologist prescribed Betaderm. The reaction is a personal thing, I think. My skin is very fair and used to burn in the sun within a few minutes.
Its only a few weeks, and I decided that I wanted to do everything I could to ensure that those nasty little cancer cells were flattened first time!
Virtual Hugs, NannaM