I woke up before 7:00 AM today, so hungry and feeling so weak. I brewed coffee and prepared 2 cheese sandwiches and yogurt. I thought I could eat all that but after eating 2 sandwiches I felt very full already so I returned back the yogurt to the fridge and went to take a shower.
At 8:30 the taxi arrived and brought us to Skaraborgs Hospital to further take the bus Ronden that will bring us to Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg. The trip would be more than 4 hours including the taxi trip. My treatment starts at 1:00 PM.
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When arriving at the Radiation ward, we were taken care of a nurse and she told us the side effects of radiation. I felt very afraid thinking about these side effects and I just burst into tears. The nurse comforted me and I calmed down. After about 15 minutes we were ready to start the radiation. I was placed in a radiation machine. The possitioning maybe took 25 minutes and the radiation itself only took 2 minutes. I didn’t feel anything except that fear of something goes wrong.
Nothing really happened dramatically…I was prepared for it, I know I won’t feel any effect on the first week. We went home by a taxi and finally home after 5:00 PM. I felt very tired and slept so early. Tomorrow will be another day.
This week I will be going to and fro everyday but next week we will be staying at the patient’s hotel from monday to friday until October 2.
External radiation therapy can be used to destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery. Internal radiation (brachytherapy) involves placement of radioactive material inside the tumor itself to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used together with chemotherapy to treat women with cervical cancer. Side effects of radiation therapy can include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and low blood cell counts.