My eyeball is trying to kill me.
October 3, 2012 12:30 PM Subscribe
Eye cancer filter: how tired am I likely to be when undergoing plaque radiation therapy for choroidal melanoma?
posted by jrochest to Health & Fitness (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I have been diagnosed with eye cancer. Wee! fun (not). It's a choroidal melanoma, which is a cancer that grows in the eyeball itself, out of the choroidal layer, which is in behind the retina: it's medium sized (14 mm by 14 mm, and about 7 mm thick) and not actually impeding my vision at the moment. They kill it by attaching a plaque with radioactive rods embedded in it to the outside of your eyeball, to the rear of the tumor. They leave it there for a week, while you sit around watching TV and reading and trying to ignore the throbby itchy burningness, and then they remove it.
The one thing I'm concerned about is being tired. I'm already surprisingly wiped just from the tests and such that I had yesterday -- and I know that radioactive beams exhaust people. But how much energy am I likely to have with this thing in my eye? Unlike most cancers this can't be treated with chemo, so radiation is the only option. I know chemo knocks people right out, but how tiring is radiation?