To Zap or Not To Zap

Five days ’til radiation.

But I’m having second thoughts.

Living the aftermath of chemo — the swollen eyes, the mounting fatigue, the weakness, the aching, the blurriness, frustration and fog — I’m questioning the wisdom of this four-fold onslaught.

Mark’s concerned that turning down radiation and hormone therapy would make me low priority for any relapse treatment.

It’s a tough call.

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About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • I can only say what I have done, which is to take the recommended medical treatments and work on also building my body using sustainable methods . Working hand in hand with the best of both worlds has been my chosen option. My thinking is it would be great to do it all naturally but we do not live in a world that is natural try as we can to make it that way. For me (three radiations) I did not really feel much different during my radiations, just a little tired at the end. I had an absolute craving for spirulina in watermelon juice after my last treatment. Not sure what that was about but it tasted really great.

  • I have a friend who opted out of radiation therapy. She did have a relapse (a local reccurrence) but she was definitely not treated as lower priority. You met her out walking with me one afternoon. She's doing well, now but I do think she wishes that she had done radiation.
    Every cancer is so different, as are each of our bodies. I would never tell anyone else what to do – I just want to say that I do know that the decisions are not cut and dried.

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience.

    I guess I just feel like all the work over the past 6 months has gone into minimizing the impact of and recovering from the treatments themselves. I'm still suffering daily from the surgeries and the chemo, so introducing more damage at this point is hard to do.

    Wishing you continued good health and much happiness.

  • Thank you for this very vivid example, Laurie. This is especially significant, since, as I recall, your friend had had a mastectomy.

    Sending both of you vibes for good health and happiness.

  • You're right. She had a mastectomy. Her recurrence appeared in the form of a lump, just below her scar. She had done 4 rounds of AC and four of Taxotere. She'd just started tamoxifen when she found the new lump. She did 6 (I think) more rounds of Taxotere and then radiation. It took a while to find an aromatase inhibitor that did not affect her adversely (she's now doing well on that) and she has an EXCELLENT prognosis.

  • and i should add that if you ever want to talk this through in person, you know where to find me. I know you have lots of wonderful support – just want you to know that I am very willing, should you ever need my particular kind of input. 😉

  • I'm so glad to hear she is doing well. Thanks.

  • Thank you, Laurie. I really appreciate you sharing your wisdom and experience. I just may take you up on that….

    Be well,

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