Yes, I do feel like yelling sometimes especially at that warehouse manager. Here's a link to the site of the radaition I will be doing. I start Monday w/1 treatment at 7:30am and the other at 4 in the afternoon along with a scan each time they do it. And I will be finished at the end of the week. I forgot to ask about any side effects, but I don't think there will really be any.
Alrightyyyyyyyy then, I had my 1st 2 treatments of this today. I have to say, there was nothing to it! I didn't feel a thing. I'm just experiencing some tingly like pain where the incision is. My appts are at 7:30 am and 3:45 pm. They have to be at least 6 hours apart.They do a CT scan first, then the radiation. They just hook a small tube up to my catheter and send the seed into the balloon. It lasts about 8 minutes. Then when I go in the afternoon they do a scan again and then the rad. They do the scan to make sure everything is still in place. My treatment will be over on Friday and they will take the catheter and balloon out after the last treatment.
Unfortunately, this treatment can't be for everyone. If your lump is over 3 centimeters they won't do it. And my Onc doesn't want to do anyone over 45 either (whihc may also be a general rule)because of possible menopause. I'm 47 and I'm not menopausal. I lucked out on both of these. I think they probably just want to add another person to the list of these treatments. I will not have any side effects (thank goodness). So anyone who may be a candidate for this, I would highly recommend this option if it is given to you.
Post Edited (Kattbird) : 8/8/2005 4:09:56 PM (GMT-6)
I go for consultaion with a diff Onc & Hemtology office on the 17th I guess to discuss chemo.
I am so thankful that I was able to do this procedure. I may have said that somewhere else. This was pretty easy. I know chemo won't be.