I had 3 tattoos yesterday! Well 3 pin prick size tattoos anyway. It was my planning appointment for my radiotherapy. I start at the Royal Sussex County Hospital Cancer Centre on 2 May for 20 sessions (each weekday) finishing on 30 May – 4 days before I go to Corfu!! They talked it all through with me & then I had a CT scan to work out exactly where they need to do the radiotherapy. They then drew 3 marks on me and then using needles tattoo’d permanent marks on. They just look like moles really.
A few people have asked what radiotherapy is, so I’ve attached a photo below. Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons), to treat disease. It destroys cancer cells in the area that’s treated. Normal cells can also be damaged by radiotherapy. They can usually repair themselves, but cancer cells can’t. Each session lasts 15 mins with about 10 mins of that being the setting up and the other 5 the actual radiotherapy itself.
I saw my GP last week & have been given my Tamoxifen to start. This will be for 10 years! My type of breast cancer relies on the hormone oestrogen to grow. This type of breast cancer is called oestrogen receptor-positive (ER positive) breast cancer. Tamoxifen blocks oestrogen from reaching the cancer cells. This means the cancer either grows more slowly or stops growing altogether.
I had another echocardiogram on Monday & am pleased to report my heart is working brilliantly still. God knows how with all the stresses of being a Brighton fan! Though it’s looking promising 🤞😬
I’m currently in the hospital enjoying the view (see below), having just had my 3 weekly Herceptin injection & observations. I’ve had so many needles stuck in me the past few months I feel like a colander! Though I’ve pretty much overcome my fear of needles now.
I’ve recovered well from the surgery & the scar is very neat but I do have some indentation where the tissue was removed. So now I just wait for radiotherapy to start.