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Radiation Weakness

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    Nebr78
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      I can't get answers from Drs. (5-6)  I had radiation for Melanoma lumps(nearly golf ball size on face and chest)  about 2 months ago.  There was about 18 treatments and Dr. said they were strong.     Now  (April 11) I am so darn weak it is pitifull.  It is really bad early in the morning..

      I can't get answers from Drs. (5-6)  I had radiation for Melanoma lumps(nearly golf ball size on face and chest)  about 2 months ago.  There was about 18 treatments and Dr. said they were strong.     Now  (April 11) I am so darn weak it is pitifull.  It is really bad early in the morning.. I get so I just can't move anymore.  Have been in house for a weak.  I am short of breath but that could be my heart disease and terrible dry mouth, and that can be from all the medication I take..  MY QUESTION IS:   HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS WEAKNESS BIT AFTER RADIATION?   TWO MONTHS AFTER??  Area affected is mainly from waist down.

       Don't say get another  opinion as I have had about 6.  With my heart disease of 40+ yrs, and being 79 yrs. old I am not going to last too much longer.

      I just want to be a little more comfortable with the time I have left.   This weakness bit sort of come on all of a sudden.    By bedtime it is alittle better but I would not want to try to walk 1/2 block.   I am supposed to have two masses in lung 4cm and 2cm and growing.    One more complaint and I will quit.

      Occasionly I will cough up yukky phelm like I had a cold and infection in lung but I don't.  Hope there is a expert Dr. online.   (would like to play a few more rounds of golf but can't pick up bag now)

      Thanks

       

       

       

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        Janner
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          I'm certainly not an expert doctor, but I will tell you what happened with my Dad.  He has melanoma, but was diagnosed 2+ years ago with lung cancer.  Early stage.  They did a different radiation called 4-D.  This means they target his lung tumor as he breathes and anticipate the movement so they can do a high dose radiation.  Instead of 30 treatments, he had 3 high dose.  I believe the total dosage of the 3 high dose sessions was comparable to what he would have received if he had done the 30 treatments.  To date, it appears his lung cancer is in remission.  However, those 3 radiation treatments took a lot out of him.  2 years later, he still doesn't have the stamina he did prior to that treatment.  His fatigue improved slowly over time, but he never got back to his "normal" prior to the treatment.  He was either 83 or 84 at the time so close enough to your age to be a decent comparison.  He also has prostate cancer in his bones (in remission) and just diagnosed with melanoma in his lymph nodes.  So he also has active stuff going on.   It all takes it's toll – but at least with my Dad, he did have some improvement in stamina over time.  It was just slow and gradual.

          Best wishes,

          Janner

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          Janner
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            I'm certainly not an expert doctor, but I will tell you what happened with my Dad.  He has melanoma, but was diagnosed 2+ years ago with lung cancer.  Early stage.  They did a different radiation called 4-D.  This means they target his lung tumor as he breathes and anticipate the movement so they can do a high dose radiation.  Instead of 30 treatments, he had 3 high dose.  I believe the total dosage of the 3 high dose sessions was comparable to what he would have received if he had done the 30 treatments.  To date, it appears his lung cancer is in remission.  However, those 3 radiation treatments took a lot out of him.  2 years later, he still doesn't have the stamina he did prior to that treatment.  His fatigue improved slowly over time, but he never got back to his "normal" prior to the treatment.  He was either 83 or 84 at the time so close enough to your age to be a decent comparison.  He also has prostate cancer in his bones (in remission) and just diagnosed with melanoma in his lymph nodes.  So he also has active stuff going on.   It all takes it's toll – but at least with my Dad, he did have some improvement in stamina over time.  It was just slow and gradual.

            Best wishes,

            Janner

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