Yesterday, I had my radiology planning appointment. During this appointment, technicians heated a soft plastic screen and pulled it over my face to make a mask. They molded a headrest to fit my neck and used plastic clips to clip the face mask to the headrest. They inserted a small round plastic jar in my mouth that will keep my teeth open and hold the front of the tongue down.
They put a flat board with stretchy ropes and handles on my feet. From this board, the stretchy ropes come up to my hands and I hold the handles. This is to pull my shoulders down, away from the radiation ray.
After all the pieces are in position, I should be in exactly the same position every day for 20 days of radiation treatment. Each session is short, just 5 minutes. They put a small piece of round tape on the front of my neck, which they said is strong adhesive and shouldn’t fall off for the next month. I must not remove it as it is used to ensure my body alignment each time I go to get my 5 minutes of radiation treatment. They gave me the option of having a small pinpoint tattoo on my neck that they would use for lining up my body, but I assured them the tape was fine.
They said I should receive a phone call Tuesday with my radiation plan. The next chemotherapy session will be in conjunction with radiation. So, for now, I don’t know when my next chemo will be. Just waiting on a phone call.