At Last! Radiotherapy Completed
It almost felt as though the day would never come, but... I did it! I completed radiotherapy!
This signals the end of my main treatments for stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I still have five Herceptin injections to go at three weeks apart and they will finish in the summer. What a long journey - 13 months of hospital visits. Chemo, surgery and then radiotherapy.
My takeaways from this last part of hospital treatment:
It's every day for three weeks so it got me into a routine. I can't count the number of days in the past year when I've simply not even bothered to get dressed.
The treatment didn't hurt but it was scary. I felt quite vulnerable while massive bits of equipment moved around me.
The effects can carry on building for up to two weeks after the treatment stops.
At the moment, my skin is pink/red and itchy. I am layering on Moogooo like there is no tomorrow. In the event of things getting worse, my GP has prescribed something. I don't know what exactly as it's not been collected from the chemist. I really don't want to be one of those poor ladies whose skin blisters or splits.
I have some other news... I got my first Covid-19 vaccination in January and hope to have the second next month.
Things are on the up. Here's to a fantastic summer.
* There is a more in-depth article on my radiotherapy treatment and skin care issues here.