Day 15 of Radiation

Ring my Bell 🔔 🔔

Today was the last day for my radiation treatment. YEAH!!!

Thank you to everyone that sent their prayers, love and motivation during this journey…. It has been an interesting time in our lives and we have learned so much about this disease that affects so many lives.

Thank you to the great team at Alliance Cancer Center at Clearview Cancer Institute.    

Now let the healing begin.   

This part of the process is over, but we aren’t done yet.

I have a follow-up appointment with Dr Vic. (the doctor that did the biopsy) on Thursday and a follow-up on July 10 with the radiation oncologist. At this time they will see how the healing process is going. In September we will run all the initial test and X-rays to make sure that the effect area is all clear.

 

You can tell from the pictures that my eye is swollen and has some discoloration to the area.  ( Can you say concealer???  LOL 😂)

 

Several people have asked me question about the treatment and the side effects of the radiation.

Here is some general information that I have found helpful to give a general explanation.

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy uses targeted energy (e.g., X-rays, radioactive substances) to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors, and/or alleviate certain cancer-related symptoms.

For my treatment – it was used as the primary treatment to destroy cancer cells and to stop the growth of any additional cancer cells

Radiation side effects:

Typical radiation therapy can be damaging to the body and cause unpleasant side effects, such as skin changes, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects, depending on the part of your body being treated.

Why Does Radiation Therapy Cause Skin Reactions?

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation or radioactive substances to shrink or kill cancerous cells. Radiation therapy may come from a machine outside the body via radiation beams or x-rays (external radiation).
When radiation passes through the skin, the skin cells in the treatment area become damaged. If you receive frequent radiation, your skin cells often do not have enough time to repair and regenerate in between treatments. Radiation therapy may cause the exposed skin to peel off faster than it can grow back, causing sores or ulcers to develop.

What Type of Skin Reactions May Occur?

Radiation-induced skin reactions may progress from erythema (redness), to desquamation (shedding of outer skin layers). During the first week or two of radiation treatment, you may notice a faint redness and your skin may become itchy or tender. After three to four weeks, your skin may become dry and peel, or you may notice moist areas. Later effects of radiation may include darkening or thinning of the skin.
The following are some common reactions that can occur on radiated skin:
Rash, redness, sunburned-like appearance
Itching (pruritus), flaking, scaling
Tenderness, discomfort, pain, burning
Dryness, peeling
Blisters, sores, ulcers
Moist (weeping) areas, oozing
Swollen, puffiness
Infection
Increased sensitivity to sunlight

How Long Do Skin Reactions Last?

Skin changes may become more noticeable as the course of radiation therapy progresses. Acute radiation side effects occur one to four weeks after beginning treatment and may persist for several weeks following treatment. Late radiation side effects occur six or more months after treatment is complete.
Fortunately, most skin reactions are temporary and will usually go away a few weeks of completing radiation therapy. In some cases, though, the irradiated skin will be slightly darker, thinner, or dryer than it was before. Also, your skin may burn more easily from sun exposure, and may be prone to infection and breakdown.

40 comments

  1. Thank God for bringing you through all your treatments. Praying for complete and total healing as you complete your journey. God’s got you!!! Great pic of you, your team and my great niece! Bunches of love

  2. Kim, congratulations on finishing your treatments! I’m praying that you have continued healing. I know I’ve never met you, but I am following your story and gathering strength from it daily, as I go through dialysis for kidney disease. I can tell you’re a fighter, and I am wishing you total healing. Thanks for posting and sharing your encouraging journey!! Best wishes!!!

    1. Thank you Nikki I pray you have total healing also. You will make it through this chapter in your life and be able to write your own encouraging story.

  3. Kim congratulations on the completion of your initial treatment. My prayers will continue for complete healing, God is able! Thanks again for sharing your experience and educating us all. God bless!

    Chloe

  4. Praise God for the completion of this part of your journey! Will continue prayer for your continued healing and total restoration to good health. Thank you for being so transparent through your journey!

  5. Congratulations on successfully completing your treatments. I pray good news flows from each of your subsequent check upshot here on out.

  6. Good morning. Praise God for carrying you through this part of your HEALING process. Now as you PRESS/PRAY to completion, We TRUST/BELIEVE God to do the rest. Thank God for your open testimony!!

  7. Good Day Kim! Congratulations! You and your family will continue in our prayers for your healing process. Thank you for sharing your journey! May God continue to abundantly bless you and grant you Godspeed in all of your endeavors. PRAISING GOD! Harry & Erica Hobbs

  8. I continue to pray and ask God for your complete healing Kim! Thank you for being such a willing vessel and sharing your journey with us!

  9. Your Journey is so Awesome. Thanking GOD for you & your family. I am still Praying for you all. God is a healer, miracle worker or whatever we need Him to be. May GOD continue to heal your body in JESUS name.

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