another question about rads

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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 6/1/2005 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Did any of you have the experience of the rads tech/doc having difficulty setting you up?  I spent an hour on the table yesterday (miserable), while the tech tried to set me up.  Then got no treatment.  It should have been my first.  Now today, they brought everyone in to consult.  It seems the scar is unusual (I've always thought that) and there is an indentation that is concerning them.  I did get my first treatment, but only on the chest, not the nodes.  I had to get undressed a 2nd time while they all consulted, marked me up, adjusted, etc.  At least I'm glad they are all on top of it.  It's just frustrating that it's taking so long to get this started.
L & H,

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/1/2005 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I never had anything like that happen.  But I'm sure you are in wonderful, capable hands.  Taking their time setting you up now will avoid any delays later in the treatment.  I can imagine how frustrating this is for you.  I know waiting for rads to begin made me very nervous and antsy.  I wanted something to be done to get every chance at survival.  And once you are in the "active" stage of it you will feel better, like you are actually doing something.
I remember being apprehensive about the way one of the techs set me up for treatment.  She was quicker than the other 2 and I thought "this lady must not know what she's doing, oh I hope the radiation goes to the right place"  All I could imagine was that I wasn't positioned correctly and they were going to zap the wrong part.  Turns out she has been a rads tech for MANY years AND she is a breast cancer survivor too!  She took very good care of me.  And I'm sure your team will too.  Hang in there, it does get better. 
In the meantime you are in my thoughts and prayers for a quick round of rads and healthy skin!
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.

-Vesta M. Kelly

Jean in WA
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/2/2005 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathy,
It seems as though the first couple of times it took them longer to get me in just the right position. I had a really difficult time keeping my left arm in the position because of pain, so any delay was a bit of agony. They used a foam pad to help support my arm, and that did help. After a few times, they got faster and I will always remember.... 95 and 7.5 were my positions, and I could tell when I wasn't just right in the back didn't feel "right". I even got to where I would tell them I didn't feel right, and they would recheck everything. A couple of times I needed to be moved just a fraction of an inch to make it perfect. So, to answer your question, yes, it can take while, but it is worth it in the long run to make certain you are in the perfect position before they zap you!

You will be surprised how quickly the weeks will go by. It is good to visit with the other folks who are waiting with you, to help keep your mind occupied, and to focus on others' needs at the same time. I got to where I felt very motherly of some 80+ year old gentlemen, even though I am 56. They were very sweet and a little scared, as we all are.

Take care, Jean in WA
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