Yesterday when we went they were lining Cheyenne's mask up under the machines with her specially-made lead template(I will take pictures, but I forgot my camera). This is to shield and protect the surrounding area. This was not easy for her as they had to keep checking the position and doing scans and we had to leave the room. I think the hardest part was that they kept shutting off the lights.
The actual treatment is only going to take about 30 seconds. The bulk of the time is setting her up before the treatment. Because they need to treat the skin, they will place a 'wax' plug on top of the area. This 'tricks' the radiation into thinking that it is skin and then the depth where the radiation is most effective will be at the area that needs treatment. This is the easist way to explain it.
Cheyenne will still proceed with her chemo during this time She received her vincristine yesterday, no tears! However there is one medication that she can't have during radiation. Even though we are going to 2 different hospitals currently, they are both Hamilton Health Sciences so we were able to change our parking pass to multi-site at no extra cost.
Please pray for us as we start this radiation treatment
- safe travels to and from the hospitals
- peace for Cheyenne as she is anxious about 'wearing the mask'