Radiation

Hello everyone 

sorry to ask another question….I’m going to be starting radiation for 5 days a week for 6 weeks.  Someone told me that I shouldn’t drive myself home after each treatment .  Just wondering what what others experiences of this is please xx

  • Hi . Not from this group, but had my fair share of pelvic radiation which I believe has similar side effects. I had a daily 60 mile round trip for 6 weeks. I could have driven for the first 2 weeks, but then tiredness starts to creep in which is not advisable when motorway driving. I was transported each day by the NHS volunteer ambulance car service (a free service) . This was arranged for me at the planning session by reception. The service may be reduced now owing to Covid, but worth looking in to it. I hope it goes well. Best wishes.

    Best wishes to All,   rily.

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  • Hi, recommend you get someone to drive you to the first treatment to see how you react.  The rest depends on how quickly you get tired due to treatment, time of day, congestion and how far/type of driving you have to do.  I managed to drive to and from my remaining appointments without problem (cross city - about 6 miles each way), but my treatment was very short.   My husband had 5 weeks and was struggling a bit in the last 2 weeks, especially Thursdays and Fridays.  As I mentioned on your other post, the tiredness is cumulative.  You can also ask your oncologist for advice on this.   We did have some friends on standby in case we needed lifts, but I was able to drive him when he was struggling a bit.

  • I would agree with rily. I drove my husband to every single appointment he had, and to begin with he was absolutely fine. Then it builds up and it ended up knocking the stuffing out of him after a while. Definitely get someone to take you if at all possible - although if you had to, you may be ok for the first one or two