Visited the Radiation Oncology office again.
Silly me, I thought I’d go in, they’d tattoo me up & I’d start treatment tomorrow.
Doesn’t work that way.
Wednesday, took CT scans using lasers located in 3 different places of the room. They marked me in a couple places for the potential areas of radiation, which is merely the first phase of the “planning process”. A nuclear physicist has to look at the scans etc, make more plans etc…. then I go back and they match me to the scans and the plans. I THINK I get the tattoos then. (yes, just got the call. I go in Monday to confirm markings & get tattooed. Tuesday I begin radiation.)
They call it…. “3D Radiation”
Scary things from radiation…. lowered immune system (again)
Boob swelling, or shrinkage…. I can handle that. But it can also cause lymphedema in my bad arm, and it can cause a condition in which the lungs swell & it acts like pneumonia, but must be treated differently. It can happen right away or 10 YEARS down the line. wow.