Aug 22, 2010 - 9:47 am
My partner Joe is having his 'simulation' tomorrow for his 7 weeks of radiation. He is having the IMRT radiation. Watching TV last night we came across a newer radiation called 'RapidArc' which claims to deliver radiation quicker with lower doses than IMRT radiation. Does anyone have any information that they could share? I looked on the website and they do have it available at Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston and he is having his radiation at Cape Cod Hospital, but if it will be better for him, I will go anywhere! I am wondering why that wasn't given as an option when we saw his doc at Dana Farber?
As all caregivers know, you think your asking all the questions and covering all the bases for every option available, but not being in the medical field how do you know all the questions to ask? I just keep researching...
I also want to add that this board has been so helpful! I am so grateful that I have found it...Knowledge is power and reading all the threads and gathering all the information has empowered us.
We did receive good news last Friday, the induction chemo of Taxatere, Cisplatain & 5FU has shrunk the tumor! The 3 lymph nodes are still swollen, so they are going with Taxol and Carboplatnum once a week with the radiation. I asked and they gave him an extra week off in between to recoup before he starts! The induction chemo was brutal, but he is up and trying to put the pounds on before he starts the next phase. I have armed him with benecalorie, ensure, carnation instant, mega protien powder & ISO feeding mix for his feeding tube. He was down to 120's from 160 when he started..but he is eating slippery foods and gaining back as much as possible.