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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

My Radiotherapy

 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. 

After the second of five sessions I have no side effects so far although perhaps these if any might develop after the treatment has finished.
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.


Anonymous said...

That's not you on the slab is it Les ? I'm only used to seeing your white belly :) because them pins are looking pretty peeky pale !! 3 minutes eh, not your usual 3 min pastime is it ???.......... !! of course I was referring to your cooking an egg skills:). My heart and soul with you all the way. From your strong solo woman gal. Getting her GSOH back. yes you can publish xxxxx

Ian and Karen said...

Good to hear from you again, hope the radio' continues well. Keep positive. love to you both,
Karen x

Jennie said...

I have been thinking of you this week and it is good to hear from you. I hope the lack of side effects is maintained. Take care and keep positive - probably impossible not to be positive with Jaq at your side. Jennie and Chris

Les Biggs said...

Hi Annon
We are both proud to know you.

Les Biggs said...

Ian/Karen and Jenny/Chris
Thanks to you all. As the surgery gets closer I feel so positive about the outcome.
Soon be back cruising.

Sandra said...

Hi Les

It's odd laying under that big machine feeling nothing while it moves around making various noises, isn't it.

Hope all goes well for you.


Anonymous said...

Thinking about you even more than usual this week. Love you both.


Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Good to read that your treatment is underway and therefore you are that much closer to a good recovery. Keep smiling xxxxxxxxxx

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs