News Anchor Seeks Painless Radiation Treatment

SAN ANTONIO - You can't see it, but radiation kills cancer, and it's one of the most misunderstood treatments for breast cancer.

KSAT 12 News Anchorwoman Leslie Mouton has been sharing her fight against breast cancer with viewers. Here's her story:

Many people think radiation therapy is as tough on your body as chemotherapy.

It isn't even close. I went through 28 treatments of radiation. I never once threw up. I was never nauseous, and my hair didn't fall out. As a matter of fact, it started growing back.

On Feb. 27, bald and just weeks out of chemo, it was time for my first round of radiation at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio.

I was placed on a table, arms above my head and my torso in a mold specially made for me.

After I was set up, my body was angled so radiation rays would skim the breast wall and get all the breast tissue.

The process was precise and fast, lasting about 30 seconds on one side and 90 seconds on the other.

It was the same procedure five days a week.

By the fourth week, eyelashes and eyebrows peaked through my skin. Tiny sprouts of hair were finally visible, and at the end of treatment they also were in sight.

Six weeks later it was over. A 5 o'clock shadow appeared on my head. I had sunburn on my breast and a celebration in my heart.

Radiation was an inconvenience because it was every weekday five days a week, but it wasn't painful.
I used a lotion the doctor gave me several times a day, and I never experienced any severe burning or skin irritation.
It was a piece of cake!


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