Today I went to meet with my referred radiologist Dr. Boersma at the ProCure center where I received chemo. I met with the doctor and she explained that she would prefer to refer me to her colleague Dr. Keole, who specializes in pediatric proton therapy. We met with Dr. Keole and he explained that he thinks proton therapy, as opposed to traditional x-ray therapy, will benefit me greatly. This is great news!!!! I'm very lucky to be a candidate for proton therapy and even more lucky that my insurance will cover it!!
Proton therapy allows the doctors to better control the radiation exposure and spare the organs surrounding my tumor from most of the radiation. In other words, it will reduce the exposure to breast tissue, heart and lungs. Here is a link to a minute long video that explains proton therapy compared to x-ray therapy.
I will receive 20 sessions of proton therapy, and we should start on July 30th. The treatments are every week day so that will put the end date on August 24th. The first day of classes at OSU is on August 20th, so I will have to drive back and forth each day that first week of school in order to receive treatment. The way I see it, for my health... an hour drive back and forth isn't so bad. Also, the typical side effects of radiation don't seem to be as prominent with proton therapy. Dr. Keole doesn't expect me to experience a burnt esophagus or fatigue that can come with regular radiation. He also said that you won't be able to tell I'm on radiation by looking at me. (I assume that means I won't have burnt skin!)
What an answer to prayer.. The Lord is faithful and good to me! There are only 10 operating proton therapy centers in the United States and I live 3 miles from one of them. This cancer journey is no surprise to the Lord.. I continue to trust in Him!!
Posted on Tue, July 17, 2012
by Lorelei Decker