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    Good morning...

    I have a question to throw out there. I am going to get my first dose of radiation today (on my birthday of all days), and the doctor gave me a list of good foods and bad foods. I was wondering what foods are the best in your eyes to eat during this therapy? And if there was a post string, can someone direct me to it?

    Thank you everyone!!!

    Joey
    Last edited by djairmoses; 10-17-06, 02:10 PM. Reason: title edit
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    Detected August 17, 2006, left I/O August 22, 2006, Pure Seminoma stage I, Started RT October 17th, 2006 - Finished November 20th, 2006, First Appointment for surgery follow-up Dec. 1st, 2006, No affection. Radiation treatment followup on Jan 3, 2007, Confirm hair fallout second check up April 10, 2007 Free and clear. Placed on Testosterone supplement androgel...Next check up on Oct 9, 2007

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    My first radiation day was on my birthday this year as well. 6/5/2006. Crazy. Well as long as I took the Zofran they gave me I could eat anything. Without the Zofran I had a sea sick feeling and no appetite. Otherwise just tired throughout. It was not bad at all looking back, just slept a lot.
    dx May 3, 2006, left I/O May 5, seminoma stage I, RTx16 (24Gy) completed June 26, 2006, all clear.

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    • #3
      Thank you cbuysse. Wow...that is weird. That is rare to hit first day of radiation on your birthday...Did you get the Zofran before or after you started the treatment?

      I heard I will be fatigued alot...how bad is that???

      Joey
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      Detected August 17, 2006, left I/O August 22, 2006, Pure Seminoma stage I, Started RT October 17th, 2006 - Finished November 20th, 2006, First Appointment for surgery follow-up Dec. 1st, 2006, No affection. Radiation treatment followup on Jan 3, 2007, Confirm hair fallout second check up April 10, 2007 Free and clear. Placed on Testosterone supplement androgel...Next check up on Oct 9, 2007

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      • #4
        They gave me the Zofran after the 2nd day because I told them about the feeling sea sick. Zofran is the real deal though, just knocked out any stomach issue right out.
        dx May 3, 2006, left I/O May 5, seminoma stage I, RTx16 (24Gy) completed June 26, 2006, all clear.

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        • #5
          I never took any nausea medication, but always had a queasy feeling - not bad though. I found that some things just did not taste good - coffee and wine were out, sandwiches did not taste good to me. I did crave mexican and italian food. Yeah, queasy stomach, yet things like chile relleno and lasagne comforted me. Even with eating rich foods, I did lose about 6 pounds over those 3 weeks.

          I was plenty tired. Could function, I worked short (7 hours most days), took an afternoon nap, then slept a full 10-11 hours at night (normal for me is 6-7 hours, max. I did not have the energy for real yardwork or exercise, but found that light yardwork was good, and long leisurely walks were quite enjoyable.

          Just be good to yourself and let your body tell you what you need.
          Right I/O 4/17/06, Seminoma Stage Ib
          RT (15 days) completed 6/1/06
          All clear as of 5/8/09

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          • #6
            Another vote for Zofran - I am 10 treatments in and feeling good. I think the treatment schedule I'm on for seminoma is different than what is used in the states - you guys seem to have about 17-18 treatments and I'm having a total of 25 treatments at a lower dose (first 20 treatments at a low dose and then 5 treatments at a higher dose).

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            • #7
              Joey,
              Happy Birthday. Ya gotta ask for better presents . My husband took compazine 1 hr before the zap, started feeling sea-sick 2 hrs after and took another compazine as well as chugged Pepto Bismol (well chilled). His doc wouldn't give Zofran....don't know if it was an insurance thing or that sea-sick didn't qualify as bad enough to get the Rx for Zofran. He threw up the second day (didn't take the compazine early enough) but that was it. By the end of the third week he was actually joining us for dinner and on the last night he had VERY spicey Thai for dinner. The unsettled feeling lasted 2 weeks more. He described it as feeling jet lagged. Never needed naps. Your body will tell you what you can and can't eat. If eating is a problem make the most of when you can with high protein foods and lots of fluids to help your healthy cells repair the damage. Good luck...it will be behind you soon!!!
              Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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              • #8
                No meds for me other than a swig of pepto before each round. Rich foods, fried anything (i'm in the south), dairy products all contributed to a little upset but not much. I have to say it was the smells that got me the most. Be warned anything with strong fragrance.....wifes perfume, your cologne, cleaners, air freshners, etc....Watch out for the cleaning isle in Home Depot!!!! (details later if needed)
                diagnosed 01/15/2005 bi-lateral seminoma stage IIa,4cm lymph node, right I/O & partial left I/O mar/2005, 18 days of radiation, remaining left I/O- aug/2005, surveillance, Wife did IVF oct/2005, DAD OF BABY GIRL born 08-02-2006!!! testosterone implants May 2008

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys!!!

                  I was told the MINUTE I feel anything in the stomach area that they will prescribe me Zolfran. So I got that backup. But I am going to try diet first. I already have a week stomach. So thanks cbuysse, Sans rt1, Karen & AusRick.

                  Karen, Thank you for the birthday wishes too!!

                  AusRick, I have 22 Doses I have to hit with my last 5 higher doses. But the doc said its a day by day process...

                  Thanks again and if anyone else have anything to add that would be great!!!

                  Joey
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                  Detected August 17, 2006, left I/O August 22, 2006, Pure Seminoma stage I, Started RT October 17th, 2006 - Finished November 20th, 2006, First Appointment for surgery follow-up Dec. 1st, 2006, No affection. Radiation treatment followup on Jan 3, 2007, Confirm hair fallout second check up April 10, 2007 Free and clear. Placed on Testosterone supplement androgel...Next check up on Oct 9, 2007

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                  • #10
                    Huckchef,

                    That is crazy, my cologne this morning made me feel a little crappy in the stomach...but that is it so far...and watch out for the cleaning isle in Home Depot? I bet that wasn't fun...
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                    Detected August 17, 2006, left I/O August 22, 2006, Pure Seminoma stage I, Started RT October 17th, 2006 - Finished November 20th, 2006, First Appointment for surgery follow-up Dec. 1st, 2006, No affection. Radiation treatment followup on Jan 3, 2007, Confirm hair fallout second check up April 10, 2007 Free and clear. Placed on Testosterone supplement androgel...Next check up on Oct 9, 2007

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                    • #11
                      Hi Guys,

                      Another vote for Zofran. I tried everything, the same chemical from other manufacturers, plasil, nothing helped but half a zofran a day 2-3 hours post radiation.
                      Without Zofran I'd suffer severe seasickness, vomiting, cramps etc.
                      The diarhea however was stopped at times with a normal dose immodium.
                      I'm now nearly a week past my last radiation and still having serious intestinal problems. I stopped taking Zofran and was scouting the web for a dietary program but seem to find little. If anyone know links to post radiation diets, greatly appreciated!

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