Radiation is a common treatment for many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
KSAT 12 news anchorwoman Leslie Mouton recently finished 28 rounds of radiation. Here is her story:
I was surprised at how precise and painless radiation was.
Radiation therapist Robyn McIntire said that the first thing they would do for treatment was make a mold of my upper body, in which I would lie each day for treatment.
It's a concise, controlled and effective way to kill cancer. It's also necessary even after surgery and chemotherapy.
"The role of radiation is to get rid of any remaining malignant cells, however, few they may be, so they don't grow back," radiologist Dr. Keith Eyre said.
But before the actual radiation there is some preparation.
With my arms positioned above my head, I was placed into a plastic cradle, making a "vacuum-sealed" mold of my upper body.
"Every day you get in the same position," McIntire said.
Ink is used to mark the treatment area, and three tiny dots are tattooed across my chest.
Molded and marked, I'm then moved through a CAT scan.
Eyre checks the treatment area and makes sure the radiation will miss my heart and only skim the lung.
It's a two-hour process that will make each upcoming treatment quick, painless and precise down to the millimeter.
A few days later I began treatment, which will last for more than five weeks, taken five days out of each week.
On Tuesday's KSAT 12 Six O-Clock News I will take you through my treatment from beginning to end.