Re: Cancer treatment and Adhesions

From: Jennifer Bayles (
Thu Jan 11 15:11:03 2007

Hello, and very sorry to hear another painful story. :-)

Radiation is a notorious adhesion-creator. Any injury to tissue causes inflammation, which (as you probably already know) causes scar tissue to form in the healing process. Some of us just tend to grow more of it than others. While radiation techies do their best to restrict the cancer radiation treatment to a specific area, they can't always do it. Same thing happened to a good friend undergoing rad therapy for inflammatory breast cancer. Adhesions got so bad she lost most of her small intestines and needed a temporary colostomy for several months. Luckily, they were able to take down the colostomy and everything finally went back to mostly normal for her.

What does your doc have to say about it?

At Mon, 8 Jan 2007, S. Reese wrote: >
>Does anyone know the effects of cancer treatment on prexisting adhesions
>, I've had adhesions for 26 yrs never any problem till 2004 2
>breastcancer treatment adhesions are from liver to diaphram , It started
>with pain under right rib then one evening I felt a pop and then was
>unable to catch my breath like the wind was knocked out of me, this was
>just the beginning. I had A/C chemo and 6 weeks radiation piece of cake
>or so I thought and 2 lumpectomies which went well (although I did have
>a hematoma as big as my breast after the first surgery but was drained
>2months later (second surgery in april 04) but my whole breast was red
>till approx Sept 04 or later the only reason I've added this info about
>hematoma is in case this could have caused irratation that caused
>adhesion problems.)

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