I called and made the appointment to start therapy asap, and began I did.
It's a strange thing, radiation therapy. It's not like an x-ray at all. It's a lot more intimidating than that. I have to lie down bare breasted and this massive machine with an extended arm and huge circular disk at the end is manipulated around you, once the nurses put you in position that is. I have had more sharpee marker lines drawn on my skin to make sure that the radiation is targeting a very specific area. That's after I was marked with permanent ink via the tip of a needle. A total of 7 small dots were placed all around my breast marking where the laser lights would need to be focusing on so as to radiate only the cancerous tissue. This is all very technical but once you've gone through the procedure a few times it becomes pretty routine. You get undressed from the waist up, you put your arms into the 'mold' that they make for you. This is to keep you again in the exact same spot so as to only treat the specified area. Once you're in the mold and the lasers are matched up to the your marker dots and tattoo's on your skin, the nurses leave the room and then you have a second to brace yourself.