Topic: Oprah Letters Mailed-Teddy-Update

Hi everyone!  Letters are in the mail to Oprah. Registered!
Teddy update: October 14th the Urologist will be inserting a permanent tube and hopefully he can diss the drainage bag. BUT, in the meantime, Teddy has started itching really bad like he did 3 years ago before diagnosis. He had LAB work Monday and I am calling the ONC tomorrow. My question is this: he finished 5 weeks of radiation September 5th. For those of you who have had radiation does it cause this severe itching that seems to be getting worse?  I also noticed today, small white specks on his spine, which also itch really bad.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

2 (edited by Jean Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:13:21)

Re: Oprah Letters Mailed-Teddy-Update

Lainy
Because the side effects of radiation are specific to the area being treated,  one would only have side effects in that exact area.  The skin side effects of  radiation can certainly include itching, but only within the exact area treated.  You also can get skin reactions both front and back as the radiation would be coming from both sides, or in IMRT, from a number of different angles.  Would the area on his spine correspond with the area that was being treated?  Radiation does not cause any generalized skin reaction such as itching.  Skin reaction can get worse for up to a week after treatment is completed and do take several weeks to completely resolve.  Is he on any new medications e.g. antibiotics?  Just a few thoughts...you might check back with the Rad Onc.  Hope the lab work comes out fine.

Great job with the letters Lainy...let's hope they make an impact!

Thinking of you both!

Jean

Re: Oprah Letters Mailed-Teddy-Update

Thank you so much. Jean, and yes, where it is the worst on the back correlates to the "spot" on the front where they did the deed. I also notice on the back that it is darker than the rest of his back. I am calling the ONC this morning as I do want to know LAB results. But I felt better after reading your post.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.