PROJECT: 05-DJC:174.9

This is Deirdre's Breast Cancer Diary. I try to update this blog at least every evening. This is an easy way for me to keep a journal of the experience, and at the same time, I can keep my friends and family up-to-date on what is going on. I find it is not so bad to have cancer, but it is awfully depressing to talk about it. I hope you laugh as you read along. You can find the beginning in February ...in the archives. Thanks again for reading :o)

Monday, August 29, 2005

My Radiation Therapy

I got some information from Dr. Carmel about my radiation. I had him write it down so I could share it with my friend, Mitch. Mitch used to work with nuclear energy. Here is what Dr. Carmel said:
6 & 15 MV (megavolt = 1 million volts) xrays are what they are using for my radiation therapy.
200 cGy per day
centigray (cen·ti·gray) (sen¢t[ibreve]-gr[amacr]²) a unit of absorbed radiation dose equal to one hundredth of a gray, or 1 rad; abbreviated cGy
That's a lot of lightbulbs.
Here is a link to an article about The Basics Of Radiation Therapy that I found helpful.

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