Radiation Sickness

Well I finished all 10 radiation treatments to the spine. It hasn’t been easy. I have absolutely no appetite and when I do eat, I get ill. I finished radiation almost 2 weeks ago now and I still can’t eat. I vomit daily, and the fatigue is pretty tough. I lost 27 pounds in 3 weeks. Not that I don’t have it to lose, I did gain 65 pounds with chemo/steroid treatment so I can spare it. It just increases fatigue significantly when you have no fuel.

A little more on the scary side, 3 nights ago I had a pretty bad headache that went along with some confusion. I thought I was in my bedroom, but I was in my son’s old room. Then I proceeded to figure out how to get to the bathroom to get sick again. The doc says it is all from the radiation and it should go away the more time away from radiation I have.

I had another scan too, and my tumors in my lungs grew slightly by like 4mm each. I will get the results of the brain MRI on Monday to see if the gamma knife worked.

In the meantime the next plan is for a different clinical trial. A drug that is already approved in Europe, but not here yet. The one thing that sucks is that it is in the stage of trial where I might be given a placebo. So I am just going to hope that I get the real drug and that it works for me. They keep mentioning how very slow-moving my cancer is and how good that is. But I can’t help but be a little worried because it went to my brain and my spine. Time for new drugs to make their way down the pipeline and work for me.


About Cheryl

My name is Cheryl. I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in February 2011 when I was 42 years old. This is a blog about my journey to survival.
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4 Responses to Radiation Sickness

  1. hankborden says:

    I have been thinking about you as I haven’t seen your blogs for a while. I will always be in your corner. Hang in there Cheryl.


  2. Kathleen says:

    Yeah, I am vomit girl too. I can do it on command. I would be a great bulimic if so motivated. I suggest not eating, tell everyone to stop bothering you, let your body calm down, get outdoors and move around in the fresh air, and your appetite will finally come back. I went from an anorexic 99 pounds to 120 pretty quickly. But once I start to feel nauseous, and my body is used to vomiting: forget it.

    Are they giving you any sort of nutritional counseling? Like supplements you should be taking?

    Fingers crossed that you get the new drugs. It seems a little unfair. Like they are using you as a guinea pig. You are sick and want the meds so screw the placebo. They dangle the carrot “Oh this may cure you” and then say “If you get it.” I personally would make a nice donation to the study. Perhaps in the form of a wad of cash.

  3. goldeygrad97 says:

    I hated radiation. Hated. Sicker with radiation than I ever was with chemo. Thinking of you.

  4. Been there. Done that. 30 for me. All I can say is it will get better. Getting radiation treatments are like riding a roller coaster. Two weeks after they are done, you have reached the top and it gets better. xo

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