Giving Chemo and Radiation Therapy at Same Time Offers Same Benefits as Sequential Timing. If early-stage breast cancer is going to be treated with both chemotherapy and external beam radiation therapy, chemotherapy usually is given first. Radiation generally starts after chemotherapy is done.
What are the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment?
Here are some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy:
Easy bruising and bleeding.
Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
Nausea and vomiting.
How long is a round of chemo?
Chemotherapy is typically given in cycles, which is a treatment followed by a period of rest. A cycle can last one or more days, but is usually one, two, three, or four weeks long. A course of chemotherapy is comprised of multiple cycles. Each course is different, but generally consists of four to six cycles.
What is good to eat after chemotherapy?
Foods to avoid (especially for patients during and after chemo):
Hot, spicy foods (i.e. hot pepper, curry, Cajun spice mix).
High fiber foods (i.e. raw fruit and vegetables, coarse whole grains).
Fatty, greasy, or fried foods.
Nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.