Today Mark and I met the Radiation Oncologist. Radiation treatment will start in 3-4 weeks, and I’ll go in for an appointment prior to get tattooed and measured for the treatment. The first appointment will take an hour or so, and a week after that I’ll bet zapped.
Each treatment takes about 5 minutes. I’ll feel nothing, and over time (maybe in the second week of treatment) I can expect to experience a burning like sunburn.
I should be able to drive myself to and from treatment, and I should be able to keep working, as long as I get enough rest.
Side effects (mainly skin irritation and exhaustion) would be expected to be over about 6 weeks after treatment ends. So by Inigo’s birthday at the end of November, I should be finished treatment and starting to be over the worst.
I’ve requested appointments late in the day so that I can still do the school run, and work, and life will be as normal as possible for the short treatment duration.
After treatment, there are no scans, follow up appointments, nothing until my scheduled annual mammogram.
But no promise of superpowers…