Surveyor Posted April 6, 2007 Share Posted April 6, 2007 I wonder if some people having problems with the side effects of radiation may be receiving radiation from old machines or doctors that did not adequately plan the treatment. The radiation I had was IMRT that was planned to come in from several different directions to minimize damage to surrounding tissue. I received 7020 rads to the lung and 6600 rads to the adrenal gland the first time and 4500 rads the second time around to the adrenal & a node met (planned to hit both of them at the same time. I had no radiation burns nor internal pain – maybe I was just lucky. I did not know if the fatigue I was suffering from was from the cancer or the radiation, but I really didn’t care – I only wanted to get well. I think part of the battle lengthening our survival time is to research any proposed treatment as much as possible. Go into the treatment knowledgeable and ask questions about any doubts you may have. Don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. Most of us have options to go to other physicians with different skills and different hospitals with different equipment. If you’re not getting better or having serious problems, don’t wait until it is too late to look into other options. Information about types of radiation can be found at the following links. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/fact ... /radiation http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/conte ... tearea=ETO Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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