Wednesday, February 22, 2012 is bad.

I had a weekly check up with my radiation oncologist today to do a skin check.
Dr. Sullivan is a little concerned with how fast my skin is breaking down. It went from barely pink yesterday to bright red today.

There is also one spot along my incision line that looks like a possible infection is brewing.

She thinks it's very likely that I will have to take a break from radiation to allow my skin to heal.

I'm bummed. As you know, I'm not a huge fan of schedule changes.

I will be checked again on Friday after radiation to see what our game plan should be for the following week. I may be sitting that week out.

My skin doesn't hurt yet but itches at times.
I have noticed that any place I itch, bleeds a tiny bit.

The skin breakdown isn't unusual, it just doesn't usually happen this early into radiation.
I'm hoping my skin toughens up so I can get through this.
Just another bump in the road!


  1. Hi! I just finished radiation therapy about 4 weeks ago. I was able to participate in a clinical trial (double blind study) taking high doses of Curcumin/or placebo. While my skin looked bad and itched a little I got through the 30 treatments without pain. Something tells me I might have had the read deal instead of the placebo. I don't know if it's an option or not but maybe your doctor could write an Rx for Curcumin? Just a thought. Hope the rest of your treatment goes well.

  2. I will check into it. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Quality curcumin preparations can be bought at health food stores (NOT Walgreens or CVS, all their supplement products are low quality) no RX required for Tumeric.