So now day 2 of the Radiotherapy and I snapped a pic of the the actual machine I am being treated on.
It is a Varian Rapid arc. As can be seen in the web picture below it rotates 360° around you with large exterior arms that move out each side like fingers.
It`s all very technical so try the FAQ link HERE to answer your questions.
These machines are made in the U.S. and cost about £4.5 million. Also needed is the treatment chamber/bunker it is housed in at a cost of £1million the walls of which can be up to 8 feet thick. At Mt. Vernon cancer centre they have a total of nine radiotherapy machines including the two recent additions one of which I am using.
Each session lasts just about 3 minutes, much quicker than the time taken to drink the six beakers of water to fill my bladder before the session.
With all my sessions scheduled for 9am it means an early start to battle the traffic on the 22 miles journey. Thanks to son Kev this is all made easy with a door to door taxi service. I remember when I was Kev`s taxi. A big thank you to all the other family members who have rallied round with all sorts of help.