Along with cancer treatment, comes worrying about developing lymphedema. Lymphedema refers to swelling that occurs due to the removal of lymph nodes and radiation as part of cancer treatments. I had lymph nodes removed and radiation.
I volunteered to participate in the SAPHIRE Trial at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Some participants received radiation for twenty minutes for six weeks and other participants received radiation for thirty minutes for four weeks. I was randomly chosen to receive radiation for thirty minutes for four weeks. Before my first radiation appointment, the radiation technician used a permanent marker to mark my body indicating which area would and would not be radiated. My markings changed throughout my treatments.