I now have a mask

@Asylum (47312)
Manchester, England
November 8, 2017 12:40pm CST
No, I have not finally taken the advice to wear a mask for the protection of the public, this is a mask designed for my forthcoming radiotherapy treatment. As part of my appointment at Oldham hospital today, they warmed a plastic mould to adhere to my face and create a precise mask in order to hold my head still during the treatment. The mask sets quite rigidly and the idea is to clip it down to prevent me from moving and subjecting other parts from being radiated. Due to the mesh format, it reminds me of a fencing mask. They also made small tattoo marks on my body so that they would be able to line those up when having radiotherapy on my lungs. The balance of the appointment comprised of CT scans to the head and chest. My treatment shall commence next Tuesday and comprise of 10 sessions. This will be 4 days from Tuesday to Friday, followed by 5 days the following Monday to Friday and a final session the following Monday. It seems a rather strange arrangement rather than the expected 2 weeks of Monday to Friday.
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@andriaperry (33147)
• Anniston, Alabama
8 Nov
Yes, Tony had one for his chest and back. The marks had to be changed once Tonys tumor had shrank. I sure hope it kills your tumor as it did his.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
Well the important factor is that it cannot do much harm, so it is certainly worth trying.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov
How long do you have to be 'clipped down' for? I would be battling not to panic if I thought I was pinned down by the face.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
About 10 minutes, or so I believe. The idea of being restricted in that way does not worry me.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov
@Asylum It would be a long ten minutes for me. I hope it goes well.
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@GooglePlus (1291)
8 Nov
I will keep you in prayers, if you don't mind I would like to know the reason behind this treatment.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
I have lung cancer. My initial treatment was chemotherapy, which is now being supplemented by radiotherapy.
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8 Nov
@Asylum Radio therapy will remove it completely or you have to go through chemo afterwards
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9 Nov
@Asylum When you will be going through the process you will be asleep or conscious ? I wish this therapy remove the cancer in you and make you free from it.
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@rebelann (32377)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Nov
That doesn't sound very comfortable. I do hope all those treatments will help you.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
It is certainly preferable to chemotherapy.
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@rebelann (32377)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Nov
So it is not as bad as chemo @Asylum ? I still remember what dad went through when he had to undergo chemo only to lose the battle. It was awful.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
@rebelann I am fully aware that success in far from guaranteed.
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@allknowing (55793)
• India
8 Nov
Your determination to get well will get you through all this before you know it.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
As the old saying goes, I will succeed if it kills me.
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@allknowing (55793)
• India
8 Nov
@Asylum There are many old sayings but not appropriate in this context
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
@allknowing I can never resist a humorous comment. It may seem a little inappropriate, but avoiding such would not improve my circumstances.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Nov
We are all wishing you the best outcome with these treatments!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
It will be over in a few weeks and I shall know whether there was any success.
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@AmbiePam (46215)
• United States
8 Nov
Do you prefer that schedule? Or is it just let's do this already, I don't care when.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
This was the schedule set6 by the hospital, which would suggest that such a concentrated schedule is advisable. Naturally I simply accept whatever is advised.
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@Corbin5 (81757)
• United States
8 Nov
I am hoping for very good results from this treatment. It does seem like a very involved form of treatment that requires important preparations.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
It certainly does, but at least there are no needles or cannulas involved.
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@RasmaSandra (13380)
• Riga, Latvia
8 Nov
Well I wish you the best of luck and hope it all works out for you. You have my prayers and blessings.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
I shall simply accept what the future brings, not that I have much choice.
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@LadyDuck (122256)
• Switzerland
9 Nov
Oh my Barry, are you able to wear the mask Only thinking at it my heart beat accelerated and I feel a panic attack is coming. It's horrible to be so badly claustrophobic as I am.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
Fortunately I do not have that problem.
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@LadyDuck (122256)
• Switzerland
9 Nov
@Asylum I hope it's not too uncomfortable to wear during the treatment.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
@LadyDuck I will find out on Tuesday.
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@shshiju (9307)
• Cochin, India
9 Nov
Mask is good to prevent infections. Glad to hear from you. Wish all the best results for your treatments.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
The mask is intended purely to hold my head still during the treatment.
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@shshiju (9307)
• Cochin, India
10 Nov
@Asylum That's good for the treatment. Hope that treatment procedures end fast and you get some rest.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
@shshiju The need to attend every day seems the most demanding aspect.
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• United States
10 Nov
Don't they advise cancer patients to wear masks in public to protect the one with cancer? Because your immunity is weak?
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
It is not that type of mask. The mask is a mesh material and intended to be used to hold my head rigid during the treatment.
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• United States
10 Nov
@Asylum Yes, I understand that, but wondered if the doctors suggested a mask for when you go out. Don't know about where you live, but where I am at this time of year, a lot of people have colds that could make someone with a weak immune system sicker.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
@Carmelanirel2 True, but I cannot see any way to avoid those germs other than staying at home.
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• China
9 Nov
I get an idea of what the radiotherapy treatment is like.Good nutrition is vital during doing it.All the best !
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
I agree concerning the nutrition, but I have no appetite these days.
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• China
10 Nov
@Asylum That must be the side effects of the chemotherapeutics.You have to eat more nutritious food to brace yourself for the forthcoming radiotherapy treatment.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
@changjiangzhibin89 I have been told so, but it is not easy.
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@antonbunot (9504)
• Calgary, Alberta
4 Dec
I pray everything will go just fine for you, my friend.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
4 Dec
I have now undergone all 10 sessions of radiotherapy. It was quite an ordeal due to being every day, but now I am free again.
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• Calgary, Alberta
4 Dec
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• Preston, England
10 Nov
sounds quite a gruelling regime - hope it goes ok
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
That remains to be seen. It could turn out to be a formality.
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• Preston, England
10 Nov
@Asylum hopefully they can dipense with it
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@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
10 Nov
Wow that is something I would not have thought you needed, with my claustrophobia I might not endure such a long time under a mask. I hope the strange feeling does not worry you and that your treatments go by swiftly and smoothly
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Nov
Most people have mentioned the potential of claustrophobia, but I am doubtful that it would be a problem.
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@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
12 Nov
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@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Nov
My dad had one of those mesh head masks when he had radiation too. I hope all goes well for you.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov
The worst part is that you have to breathe through your nose because the mouth is mostly covered.
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@fishtiger58 (30716)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Nov
@Asylum I bet
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@Bluedoll (16798)
• Canada
8 Nov
I'm guessing the immune system will be stressed. That is why the mask in public? Don't know if or what they suggested. Lots of water and germ free everything? I'm guessing eat lite but only most expensive best things you can find.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
The mask is held at the hospital and only used during treatment.
@Bluedoll (16798)
• Canada
9 Nov
sorry now I understand
@Emmlex1000 (1417)
• Lagos, Nigeria
8 Nov
The most important thing is to get safe treatment in time
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov
I suspect that my treatment began late, but at least progress is being made.
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• Lagos, Nigeria
8 Nov
@Asylum thanks for ur health
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@garymarsh6 (12164)
• United Kingdom
5h
ON a bright note perhaps once your therapy has finished you could use the mask to perform phantom of the opera!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
4h
No chance, I hate Andrew Lloyd Webber.