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murielm99

(30,810 posts)
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 10:39 AM Dec 2022

I just finished my radiation therapy.

It is stereotactic radiation treatment, used for people with certain stage one and stage two cancers. I had five treatments.

After four months of delays and lack of communication, my primary care provider connected me with the Ferguson Cancer Center in Freeport IL. I don't know why she did not do this sooner. I don't know why I did not know the place existed.

They had all the test results from the hospital next door. They got me scheduled in three days. They provide university level care in a smaller setting than UW Madison or the affiliated cancer center in Rockford. They do not treat me like a name on a file folder.

In three months, I will have my first scans. They claim a 90% success rate. That means that 90% of the people do not have a recurrence within five years.

Has anyone else here had this treatment? I am not asking for medical advice, just similar experiences. I don't need medical advice. Finally, I am in good hands!

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I just finished my radiation therapy. (Original Post) murielm99 Dec 2022 OP
I had 24 radiation treatments for breast cancer. Walleye Dec 2022 #1
Good luck to you, too! murielm99 Dec 2022 #2
I love the Helen Graham Cancer Center. They've been wonderful to deal with. woodsprite Dec 2022 #14
Sounds like your experience is similar to mine Walleye Dec 2022 #15
They've been watching a 'ground glass' nodule at the bottom of my one lung and a woodsprite Dec 2022 #16
I had too had enlatged lymph nodes in my chest in addition to the nodule on my lung Walleye Dec 2022 #17
Thinking of you louslobbs Dec 2022 #3
I have no infornation, but just want to keep sending vibes and light for a niyad Dec 2022 #4
I worked in a cancer center as a file clerk. The radiation is targetted applegrove Dec 2022 #5
My wife's oncologist once described a treatment center as "good at dicking around" IA8IT Dec 2022 #6
Good luck. You will be in my prayers LetMyPeopleVote Dec 2022 #7
Finally, and 90% is fantastic! Means there'll be a lot of others Hortensis Dec 2022 #8
I can't share any relevant experience with you, brer cat Dec 2022 #9
I recently finished 21 rounds babylonsister Dec 2022 #10
I hope it's cured Mollyann Dec 2022 #11
Good luck to you. murielm99 Dec 2022 #12
Hoping for wellness for you. Haven't had this radiation but my roomie has for prostate cancer. 58Sunliner Dec 2022 #13
I am glad your roomie is doing well. murielm99 Dec 2022 #18
Hope you are doing well Lifeafter70 Feb 2023 #19
Thank you. murielm99 Feb 2023 #20
welcome to DU gopiscrap Feb 2023 #21
I first joined in 2006 Lifeafter70 Feb 2023 #22
my honor to do so gopiscrap Feb 2023 #23

Walleye

(31,243 posts)
1. I had 24 radiation treatments for breast cancer.
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 10:43 AM
Dec 2022

At the Helen Graham Cancer Center, in Delaware. They also had all of my records as the chemotherapy was in the same building. It was during the pandemic but they did a very good job of setting up appointments. The treatment went well and now three years later I just had clean mammography and scans. Still taking Arimidex for two more years. Fingers crossed etc. good luck

woodsprite

(11,950 posts)
14. I love the Helen Graham Cancer Center. They've been wonderful to deal with.
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 02:51 PM
Dec 2022

Walleye, I'm now on the "3 mo maintenance plan" for the next 18 mo as Dr C says, then on to the 6 mo plan for another 3 yrs. Mine was endometrial cancer. I had my 25 external rads (Dr DeSouza-Lawrence said they were very targeted, but I don't think it was the kind the OP had), and my 6 chemo treatments in the HGCC I had to go across the campus to the hospital to have the 3 internal brachytherapy treatments.

My last CT scan (which was my 3rd post treatment scan) showed no evidence of disease (NED). Hoping that continues.

Sending peaceful thoughts and prayers your way, Muriel. I know the waiting for scans, then waiting for the results is difficult. It's like we live our lives in 3mo chunks for the next couple of years. Then it's hard to adjust when they get spaced out further or we finish the monitoring and move back to yearly appts.

Walleye

(31,243 posts)
15. Sounds like your experience is similar to mine
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 02:57 PM
Dec 2022

After the chemo they saw something on the scan of my lungs and I had to go through biopsies and visually assisted thoracic surgery in the hospital. Fortunately it turned out to be benign they got rid of it and my last scans were clean,I couldn’t have asked for a better treatment. glad to hear you’re doing all right.

woodsprite

(11,950 posts)
16. They've been watching a 'ground glass' nodule at the bottom of my one lung and a
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 03:05 PM
Dec 2022

wonky enlarged paraortic lymph node that was unbiopsiable and unoperable. The lung nodule has stayed exactly the same for over a year and the wonky lymph node has actually shrunk over the last 2 scans. Dr. Cadungog said it's 'reactive' to all the treatment and surgery I had and not metastatic.

Glad you're doing well.

Walleye

(31,243 posts)
17. I had too had enlatged lymph nodes in my chest in addition to the nodule on my lung
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 04:50 PM
Dec 2022

They had returned to the normal size on my last scan. I don’t have to go back to the oncologist for a year. That’s a great feeling.

niyad

(114,300 posts)
4. I have no infornation, but just want to keep sending vibes and light for a
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 11:05 AM
Dec 2022

complete recovery. Glad that you are finally in good hands.

applegrove

(119,155 posts)
5. I worked in a cancer center as a file clerk. The radiation is targetted
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 11:11 AM
Dec 2022

by a team of physicists. They don't kid around.

IA8IT

(5,595 posts)
6. My wife's oncologist once described a treatment center as "good at dicking around"
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 11:14 AM
Dec 2022

Cancer patients need an advocate to grease the wheels of testing and treatment.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
8. Finally, and 90% is fantastic! Means there'll be a lot of others
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:29 PM
Dec 2022

glad to share their experiences with you too.

babylonsister

(171,145 posts)
10. I recently finished 21 rounds
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 12:51 PM
Dec 2022

of radiation for a breast mass which was removed. The worst part was getting to and from the oncologist's office daily for 15 minutes. I will go back in April for a mammo and am taking anastrozole daily for 5 years. I'm happy I'm on the healing side and am glad to read you finally got the attention you deserve.

Mollyann

(108 posts)
11. I hope it's cured
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 01:00 PM
Dec 2022

I wish you the best. I had a colonoscopy on Monday and am awaiting lab reports on two polyps that were removed. I have a mass at the onset of the ascending colon that the GI doctor says is cancer. I have initiated a referral to MDA pending biopsy report. I hope that they can get it all without having to do chemo. At age 76, I just don't think I would handle that well.

58Sunliner

(4,452 posts)
13. Hoping for wellness for you. Haven't had this radiation but my roomie has for prostate cancer.
Fri Dec 9, 2022, 01:44 PM
Dec 2022

Well tolerated and he remains cancer free for 2 years now. Have a great holiday!!

Lifeafter70

(216 posts)
19. Hope you are doing well
Wed Feb 1, 2023, 05:39 PM
Feb 2023

I just recently rejoined DU. I first joined in 2006 but was shut out when du was hacked. I have been lurking and reading until now. I decided to rejoin just so I could interact with this group. My son was dxed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2016. Went through two surgeries and radiation twice. First one in 2016 cyber knife and a second time in October 2022 gamma knife. I hope you and everyone else in this group are doing ok and have been sending healing vibes for awhile and will continue to do so.

P in california

Lifeafter70

(216 posts)
22. I first joined in 2006
Thu Feb 2, 2023, 10:39 PM
Feb 2023

But was shut out when du was hacked a few years back. Been reading du since 2004. Thanks for the welcome

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