I went yesterday afternoon for the radiation prep. Wow. High Tech.
They take a CT scan of the area to identify the parts that they want to blast, and then feed the result into a computer. They give the computer information about what to blast (tumor), and what to avoid (balls, prostate, bladder, and other important organs), and the computer generates a treatment program. To make sure that they’re able to return you to the postition you were in when you were originally scanned, they tattoo (really!) three strategic dots on you and use lasers to line you up. Whoa.
On their first attempt in the radiation machine, they shoot blanks at you, and take pictures to make sure that they’re on target. It’s hard not to be in awe of what’s possible now. My grandfather and his sister both died of colon cancer in their 50s. Pretty sure they weren’t doing this stuff back then.
All the hoops seem to have been jumped through at this point. It’s looking as though treatment really will start on Monday. Except for that first one on Monday, which will take a little longer than the usual ones and happen AFTER chemo, my radiation appointments will all be at 7:30 in the morning, and will only take about 15 mintues (!). On the weeks that I don’t go straight to LOOONG chemo appointments afterwards, I’ll be able to make it home in time to bring Hill her coffee!
Unless they spring something unexpected on me, I’ve got the next three days wide open! No office visits, no tests, no digital exams.. nothing. I’m looking forward to a little time in the shop! Going to do my best to build the assless prototype frame before treatments start. Pictures as it develops!