My first day of radiotherapy
November 14, 2017 1:36pm CST
Today proved to be rather interesting. It began with being invited into a cubicle where the nurse explained in detail what would happen during the treatment. This seemed a little superfluous since I had previously been told what to expect. When I went in to the treatment room they first spent time ensuring that I was properly aligned on the table and made a scan. The treatment to the head was first, followed by readjusting my position and radiating the lungs. I was there for maybe 45 minutes. It is surprisingly difficult to lie absolutely still, especially when you are concentrating to do so. Nevertheless I managed not to move and the treatment went smoothly. I do feel a little strange at the moment, although nothing specific. It could even be my imagination. The worst part of the day was arriving at the hospital at 4 PM and discovering that the coffee bar closes at 4 PM.
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I wonder if I would capable to stay still for 45 minutes, this must be terribly hard. I suppose that some parts of your body could hurt not moving for so long. Terrible news about the coffee, at least the coffee bar at our local hospital closes at 8 pm.
• Midland, Michigan
Is radio therapy similar to radiation over here? I've never heard of that before, so I'm not sure. Is it okay for you to eat or drink before they do the scans? A friend of mine had both chemo and radiation, but I never thought to ask her what she could or couldn't do beforehand or how it was done.
• Manchester, England
Yes, it does involve subjecting the patient to radiation. No restrictions are placed on intake of food or drink because my treatment involves the brain and lungs. It may be different for someone who is having treatment to the stomach.
• Portland, Connecticut
Oh bummer, it takes a lot of coffee to make all this bearable. I am glad you are only feeling a little strange, hopefully, all the treatments will be uneventful and now at least you know that you need t arrive a bit earlier.
• United States
Well, for you, they should keep that coffee bar open until you show up and get your coffee, no matter what that time it happens to be. So there. I am not sure I could lie still for 45 minutes, and I am so impressed that you were able to do so.