Radiation was intense (mainly because it's every day for 30+ days), but not bad, it caused skin reactions, like a bad sunburn and fatigue, I had just completed chemo so was already a little under the weather. I started my hormonal therapy (not sure why they don't call it anti-hormonal therapy, because it stops estrogen) at the same time, if you are premenopausal they give you tamoxifen, post menopausal an aromatase inhibitor they work a little differently. Some people have very few side effects to the hormone therapy, I have bone and joint pain. Everyone reacts differently to the treatments. All in all my cancer treatments have not been as bad as expected in many ways, my biggest side effect from all of them has been fatigue. But each one decreases your chance of recurrance by quite a bit. Good Luck.
at 12:06 PM on Mar. 18, 2011