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.