Proton (radiation) therapy: day 23

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Today was 23-of-28 days of proton therapy. I’ve been wearing no shirt whenever possible the past week because it feels better. I worked from home today for that reason.

I took a shower a half hour ago; the area along the sternum now hurts like a sonuvabitch. It hurts to put the lotion on it.

Everything stings – and it’s a hot bzzzzt sting.

I know how much worse it is today than five days ago. I can’t even imagine what next Tuesday will feel like.

Proton therapy: one-quarter down

SCCA Proton Center

After seven treatments (21 to go) at Seattle Proton Therapy Center, I’ve learned patience and humor are key.

I keep reminding myself that there’s a particle accelerator somewhere “up there” and that the physics alone should make this awesome. But awesome doesn’t keep the blood flowing to my left arm when I’m stuck in an awkward “don’t move” position for a half-hour while the techs coax the machine out of a work stoppage!

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Breast cancer treatment: radiation therapy

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Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells that may still exist after surgery. It is a local, targeted treatment.

The goal is to destroy undetectable cancer cells in a localized area, which should reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Your treatment will be overseen by a radiation oncologist, a cancer doctor who specializes in radiation therapy.

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British study suggests reduced radiation effective for early stage ductal breast cancer

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A British research study followed more than 2,000 women for five years has found that targeting the tumor site, rather than the entire breast, was just as effective for women with early stage ductal breast cancer.

The results (open data) were published in The Lancet.

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