I had radiotherapy for 6 weeks.
PREP for BOWEL CANCER
Tattoos: you get tattooed before it all starts. Just three pricks – one on my abdomen, and one on each hip. This is to line you up for the machine.
Water: I also had to drink a jug of water each morning, so my bowel was the same shape each time.
I had appointments 5 days a week before work, so I could carry on as normal – or as close as it gets.
I took capecitabine tablets every day. They’re so toxic I had to wear gloves before popping them in my mouth. The first time, I took 30 minutes to get my head around swallowing them. Not appealing.
AN UNEXPECTED SIDE-EFFECT
The capecitabine gave my face and upper body a skin peel. A lot of sun damage scabbed over and sloughed off over the 6 weeks.
I would cycle to St Thomas’s, cycle to work, then cycle home – about 18 miles. I saw a few cyclists in the treatment area.
No major effects to begin with, but serious runs every weekend for the latter stages. That, and tiredness.