It sounds as if it all went according to plan and good news about the ganglions Fingers crossed now for the follow up. Take it easy, not only was it a long day but it will have been an emotionally harrowing few months too.
What an excellent result, I am so pleased for you. My experience of breast cancer treatment was some years ago but I can tell you that, for me, radiotherapy was tiring because it was tedious! Every day (Sat and Sun excluded) for five weeks, in my case, seemed an eternity.
On burning, your nurse or technician will explain how to care for your skin and, if they don"t say anything, I suggest you ask about what soap or other products you should use. I didn't have any problem with burning, a slight soreness at the end of the five weeks. The procedure itself is very quick, was very efficiently done at my hospital, but uncomfortable as I had to have my arm in a difficult position.
On the hormone therapy, I believe that, as Karen says, side effects differ from person to person. I had the standard ones which are really the bringing on of an early menopause, hot flushes being the main one. I also had achy joints which is very common and my tablets were changed to another type to lessen this.
Hope that helps a bit and GOOD LUCK!!!!
Many thanks for your reply - sorry to be slow to respond, but for some reason I missed any notification. I think it's the length of time (and distance) which is worrying me the most, plus I wish it would just start now! it's over 5 weeks since my operation, another couple of weeks before I see the radiotherapist and then I don't know how long before it starts. It feels like it's hanging over me.
At least your side effects sound minimal - I can put up with that!
It is likely that Karen is right - unless there is a real degree of urgency - there always seems to be a delay between an operation and radiotherapy. I believe that is to ensure that the skin in the operated area has healed and also that your body has recovered from the op itself.
In my case, I had chemotherapy first but there was still a delay of 12 weeks between the end of the chemo and start of the radiotherapy. That was to allow my body to get over the chemo effects, the op had long since healed.
If this is really causing you a lot of worry, could you talk to your GP about that? He/she could contact your oncologist and see if the appointment could be brought forward, at least then you would know when the treatment would be starting. It is always easier, in my experience, to handle the known rather than the unknown!
Very best wishes