What is the procedure when you go for the simulation before radiation therapy? How long before it starts after the simulation? Do you get a lot of tatoos?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 2 years ago
  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2012

    Hi Jayme,

    The first session -- the simulation -- involves a lot of measuring and precisely identifying the area to be radiated. I got permanent tattoos -- little blue dots -- that marked the perimeters of the area. The techs who deliver the radiation used the dots to focus the radiation only within the area, ensuring that my body didn't get any extra radiation.
    The technicians will show you what to expect during every treatment -- it's always the same. They'll try to make you comfortable with the equipment and will explain everything and answer your questions.
    As your treatment continues you will probably get increasingly tired so be nice to yourself. Take time off to nap. Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat well. Get exercise if you can. Good luck!

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    My tattoos were done with invisible ink. Then they use a black light each time to mark the spots with a non permanent marker.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I like Joni's better! But I look at my blue spots as badges of honor. They're small enough that people can't see them unless I point them out. They've also been moved around a lot with a second mastectomy and several reconstructions.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I like that invisible ink one and the blue is a nice touch too! Mine are plain black but small. Have to tell my radiation technician about this. I think he will be surprised!

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Mine was having a mask made. Alot of measuring and adjusting. No tattoos. My radiation techs are fantastic. They let my 18 year old son see the mask and showed him step by step how the radiation would be administered. At the same time, we were losing my dad to brain cancer. The techs made it a point everyday to see how we were doing and listened to all our concerns. I met them 2 weeks ago and feel such a strong bond. I'm sure your experience will be the same fro

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If you were having radiation to your breast or chest area, why would they make a mask?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm sorry I wasn't clear. Im very new to this as well. I have stage 1v that spread to my bones and brain. The radiation is for 2 lesions in my brain. I am beginning hormone therapy next week but have been receiving radiation for the last two...

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      I'm sorry I wasn't clear. Im very new to this as well. I have stage 1v that spread to my bones and brain. The radiation is for 2 lesions in my brain. I am beginning hormone therapy next week but have been receiving radiation for the last two weeks directly to my head not my breast. My techs gave me the advice about side effects and they were right on so far. I do the best if I'm well hydrated.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sorry, Sweetie, to hear about the extent of the cancer.You're right about the hydration. Every little thing we can do to aid the treatment process is a small step toward getting well. Hope the best for you and know all of us are here for you. Keep...

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      Sorry, Sweetie, to hear about the extent of the cancer.You're right about the hydration. Every little thing we can do to aid the treatment process is a small step toward getting well. Hope the best for you and know all of us are here for you. Keep us posted. We all need one another to celebrate the good and endure the bad. Luv ya. :-D Jo

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Jo. I intend to fight with everything I have. I want to be able to inspire people like youve inspired me. I'm prepared for a good fight.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      :-D Jo

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Hi Jayme. The day that I met my radiation oncologist we went down to treatment area. The first thing to happen is CAT scans which are used for your individual radiation tra

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Hi again. Hit the wrong key. CAT scans are used for your individual treatment plan. I got four tiny dot sized tattoos. One each top and bottom of my sternum. The other two are one on each side of my body near my breasts. At that appointment, I made another appt for about one week later for simulation. You go into the treatment room with technicians and they explain how the machine will move, how long each treatment will last. I started my treatment the very next day. That would probably depend on openings in the schedule. I went the same time every day, M-F, for six weeks. Best of luck with treatment. Stay strong!

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012

    Since I lived an hour away from the cancer center, the radiologist graciously scheduled my lengthy consutation with himself and the CAT for my 3-D-Me on the same day. The Friday of that same week I got my tattoos: 10 all together-done with some kind of marker-not permanent- covered by a fancy clear one inch tab. Looked like a landing strip. After being checked and rechecked again on the following Monday, I began my short 2 or 3 minute shots. First one side, then the other. Like Nancy said, the techs treated me to a full explantion of everything they did and how the treatments would proceed. Can't say enough good about my people. I told my family, "My chest has become an open book for all to read and I want it read until it's well." You'll be a pro. Jo :-D

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My radiation techs were fantastic. They are the people that you will have the closest bond with. I had treatment in the same room every visit. My hospital has two radiation treatment rooms. I saw the same techs every day. I had one weak moment in...

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      My radiation techs were fantastic. They are the people that you will have the closest bond with. I had treatment in the same room every visit. My hospital has two radiation treatment rooms. I saw the same techs every day. I had one weak moment in 30 treatments while laying on the table. Of course the 30 something year old six foot six guy was the one who came in to check on me!

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