External radiation - Lisa626

Radiation Associated with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma . Posted on February 12, 2012 View this journey (7 Experiences)

Stereotactic body radiation therapy on one lesion after 2 years of no change.

Painless Experience: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    After 2 years nothing changed. I didn't realize at first that this is very good news. It was stable. Nothing spread. My doctor and the "tumor board" recommended a fairly new innovative treatment - SBRT - stereotactic body radiation therapy. It is high-dose targeted radiation to the specific spot. It was a fight to get insurance to cover it and eventually my employer helped me. They made a plastic mold of my torso to strap me down to the table so I couldn't move. They did a test to "make sure I could handle it". Being immobilized and put into an MRI can play with your mind. And then they did a 30 minute treatments for 3 days. I was strapped to the table, immobilized and half naked. Because it was a fairly new treatment, other medical staff came in to watch. Wheee. At some point you don't really care anymore. As I was strapped to the table, the lab tech told me he loved me. He said he loved all his patients. I'm sure that was meant to be nice, but really not the time or place. Where was my copy of Psychology Today when I needed it? The treatments were painless other than fighting against hyperventilating. A little bit of weakness at that spot on the bone, but no side effects or problems. Thank God!

    almost 9 years ago

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