The picture you're viewing is my tummy with the markings that show where the treatment machine needs to line up with in order to zap the right area of my spine.
It's not a scary procedure, even though two huge machines exchange places. One zaps the area from under me to the spine and the other zaps the spine from topside through the stomach, etc. This is the zap that has the side effect of nausea. Some days I just make it home to throw up. Planning a little more carefully this week, I'm not eating anything and am only drinking water. In addition I'm taking a nausea pill before we leave for my zap appointment.
The table I lay on is very hard. My legs are put into a form to help keep my legs still. Keeping still is the most important thing I can do. Otherwise the zapping will not be in the right place.There are always two people who move me this way and that to make sure I'm in the right place. They're very nice to me and try not to hurt me unnecessarily. The staff who treat you for any of the procedures you might have to endure are very important. If they are not kind, concerned and empathetic you need to find another treatment place.
And don't be afraid to ask questions, because you will have them.
As I've been searching online I found a good resource for Breast Cancer Metastases to the Bone. The link is below. I'm still angry that women aren't told they have a 30% chance of getting this...no matter how many years they've been "cancer free."
I had my Breast Cancer back in 1998. Here it is 2012, 14 years later. I thought I was a "survivor."
A "survivor" for almost 14 years, and now I am one of the 30% with a Cancer that can't be cured. A cancer that I will be battling the rest of my life. And boy will I battle, 'cus I plan on living into my nineties.
And here is the link to the site I mentioned earlIer: https://www.metavivor.org/METsupport.php