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!
My tattoos were done with invisible ink. Then they use a black light each time to mark the spots with a non permanent marker.0
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 fro0
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 tra0
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!0
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 :-D0
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