Half way

Roy is halfway through his treatment regime, we are getting good at this routine of me dropping him off at the station, he trains into town, buses to the hospital (when he doesn’t fall asleep and miss his stop that is!!), has his treatment and then reverses the process.

I went in with him on Monday as he had his checkup with the Oncologist, and yes, it’s all going well. But I also went with him to see what happens with the treatment. It’s a fascinating process that is amazing to see.

First he hops onto a bed where they line up his tattooed dots with laser beams, then whilst he lies still on the table we retreat from that room and go next door where there is an array of computer screens.

the machine looks a little like this.

or this.

A CAT scan is done to make sure everything is lined up and in position, with the technicians making adjustments to Roy’s position by remotely tilting and twisting the bed. There are cameras in the room as well so all the time the patient is being monitored on one of the computer screens.

The technicians show me on their screens the prostate and the area within that they are focussing on, around it are a couple of different coloured margin lines which are the safety margins.

Once they are satisfied everything is ok, the treatment begins with the machine rotating in one direction for a full rotation and then back the other way for one full rotation. It takes all of three minutes and it’s done. They tell me that it is accurate to within a millimetre and whilst the machine is rotating and sending the beam of radiation, it is constantly changing its intensity and direction to completely line up with the area they are targeting. Very clever stuff.

Roy’s last treatment will be on the 7th June and after I went to the orthopaedic surgeon yesterday, I will have a pre op check on 8th June with hip replacement surgery done on the 18th June at Ascot Hospital. During the consultation yesterday the surgeon answered the great long list of questions I had prepared before I had a chance to ask them!!! How did he know what I would be asking? Anyone would think that he has done this all before!

And guess what? Yes, I will be a little taller after surgery, anywhere between 6 and 11mm taller….does that mean I will walk in circles afterwards 😉

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6 Responses to “Half way”

  1. Stuartinnz Says:

    Great progress – only 19 to go! Keep up the good work! Bernice, will we have to start looking up to you? (more than we do already, that is)

  2. Susan Els Says:

    Interesting! But what about your knees – I thought they would be first in line ? We will definitely need to catch up before the operation !

  3. Kotanga’s Travels Says:

    Good update. Hope brekky on Monday won’t interfere with Roy’s appointments.

  4. Jenny and Robin Benton Says:

    I know exactly what Roy is going through, and have to agree that the equipment is amazing. The oncologist is happy, so all’s looking good, hopefully. And then it will be your turn, best wishes for your op too. But

  5. Jenny and Robin Benton Says:

    Meant to add, I’m wondering who will be looking after who?

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