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Finished with 6 weeks of Radiation

Forums Cutaneous Melanoma Community Finished with 6 weeks of Radiation

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    Vermont_Donna
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      Hi everyone,

      Hi everyone,

        I just finished two days ago, 6 weeks of radiation treatments, 27 treatments each to  two different sections of my leg, thigh and lower calf, staggered so that the lower started one week after the upper, due to the wider excision not being healed. My skin on my thigh is red, sunburned looking and feeling and quite painful to touch…but I expected that, after having done 5.5 weeks of radiation to my knee area last year. My lower calf is not as red but the wider excision wound, which is still not healed up, but IS healing (its been since June 1st) remains QUITE painful, open, oozing lymph fluid still, and I change the bandages three times a day. I am doing twice weekly lymphadema treatments, although my leg is not nearly as swollen with lymphadema as it has been in the past after different treatments or leg infections. I am on round two of an antibiotic (had a slight cellulitis a month ago and just as a precaution nowas when I was finished with the antibiotics my leg really started throbbing in pain), and I am on vicodins for constant pain. Overall its not bad though, and I am managing…still working 5 to 7 hours a day……the vicodins take the pain down from a 5 or so to a 3……I do want to describe how EMOTIONAL I have felt this past week…..several reasons……leaving the daily treatments (so the feeling of ACTIVELY treating this beast) and sad about not seeing the staff, especially the doctor and the radiation techs who I knew from last year as well and have formed such a bond with. SO I knew that it was going to be hard as I neared the end of treatments, and it was!!! I have been teary the last two days. On my last day of daily treatment I stayed home in the morning and baked the staff a made from scratch two layer chocolate cake and brought that in with a card, with all their names on it (and those of you who have done radiation know this is quite a team who put together and do your radiation treatments)….there were hugs all around from everyone and I managed to keep it together while in the Cancer Center but did cry afterwards……needed to…..okay, well this is long winded, but just wanted to update how its going and what it was like for me to do radiation treatments. By the way, the surgeon (my oncology surgeon) has said it will take 2 to 3 MORE months for this leg wound to heal…….no swimming, no baths, no hottubs (wouldnt do that anyways with leg lymphadema and sanitation worries)…….Donna, stage 3a, six leg re-occurences, post 11 months interferon, 7 months leukine, isolated limb perfusion, two rounds of radiation, and numerous wider excisionsover the last 4 years

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        lhaley
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          Wow! You have been through a lot in this battle.  I hope you heal soon and have only good news in the future! 

          Linda

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          bill58
          Participant

            Wow,

            That sounds like quite a journey.  I know how you must feel now that the treatments are over.  I have 7 left myself and cannot wait.  My doctors did not inform me that it would take that long for the leg wound to heal.  I am not looking forward to that.

            Bill IIIc

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              Sharon in Reno
              Participant

                It's funny how docor's forget to tell us little details… like the part where they put screws in my head for brain surgery and the next day my doctor just smiled when I was rubbing my wounds asking "why does my head hurt up here?

                Sending prayers for you speedy recovery. Keep up the fight. love, Sharon in Reno, Stage IV

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              King
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                Thanks for the update, Donna!  The battle goes on and on.  Hoping things start to get better for you real soon!

                Stay Strong
                King

                Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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                King
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                  Thanks for the update, Donna!  The battle goes on and on.  Hoping things start to get better for you real soon!

                  Stay Strong
                  King

                  Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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                  triciad
                  Participant

                    Donna,

                    You have been through so much…a true warrior!  Here's to your speedy recovery!

                     

                    Tricia

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                    triciad
                    Participant

                      Donna,

                      You have been through so much…a true warrior!  Here's to your speedy recovery!

                       

                      Tricia

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                      Sharyn
                      Participant

                        Hi Donna,

                        I know what you mean about forming a bond with your rad team.  But dry your tears, get healed, and get ready to move onto the next phase of the fight.  I've had my mastectomy, and will start IPI in Montreal mid-Sept. I'll be in touch as the time draws nearer and my plans are in place. Stay strong and stay positive.

                        Hugs

                        Sharyn

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                        Sharyn
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                          Hi Donna,

                          I know what you mean about forming a bond with your rad team.  But dry your tears, get healed, and get ready to move onto the next phase of the fight.  I've had my mastectomy, and will start IPI in Montreal mid-Sept. I'll be in touch as the time draws nearer and my plans are in place. Stay strong and stay positive.

                          Hugs

                          Sharyn

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