Friday, April 09, 2010

04/06/10 - Radiation #6 Photos

Ummm... Ask and you shall receive? (see previous post) When I went to radiation treatment #6, radiation technician (don't be offended if that is not your proper title, I'm taking an "educated guess") Andrea took some great photos. The first one below depicts my initial placement on the radiation table.

Pre-radiation positioning

The second picture depicts me in field three of three, when treatment is done. The table that I am placed on moves horizontally and vertically closer to the Radiation machine, which rotates and irradiates my spinal cord from 3 different locations called "fields." That's a short description...

Post-radiation position

I hope to post a "better" video and description of the process next week, but in the meantime you can refer back to my post on 11/18/08 for more details and a slide show of that treatment : Radiation Plan #2 Details. Press "play" button (may have to do so twice) to view.

Once again, that was from Radiation Treatment Plan #2. I'm now going through Plan #4...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

04/06/10 - Radiation #6

I'll have Radiation Treatment #6 of 13 later today at 4:45PM. I'm almost half-way done already... I need to take/post a picture! The treatment typically lasts less than 5 minutes, so I am in and out. So far, I don't feel any ill-effects or pain, and I don't expect that I will.

Once again, I won't find out any results until I have an MRI on May 20th, unless I happen to have some improvement in side-effects from my illness before then. My tumors have been sensitive to radiation treatments in the past, so hopefully that trend will continue...