I have read your original message, and all the subsequent messages.
Let me share this with you. I recently dealt with cancer, and
radiation was “suggested.” I am at a Teaching University facility,
and much research is done here. I selected my three oncologists, by
reading their history, education, and research prior to selecting
each of the three.
When it was radiation time, I was given options. Traditional
radiation was directed from outside the body towards the area of the
tumor, and the time frame was daily treatments for at least 40
consecutive days, not on Sundays. What I did learn was that there
was potential scarring of both the lungs and heart. As mine was on
the left side, probably both. this as well as the usual burning of
the skin, and subsequent discomfort as with a severe sun burn.
My second option was a fairly new therapy called Brakytherapy. This
necessitated a second surgery to implant a device called a SAVI.
SAVI has an umbrella like feature, which by a gear on the outside,
can cause the ribs to balloon out and touch all the interior area of
the cavity left after tumor removal. This left 11 wires extending
outside the incision, and to which radiation was delivered after it
being connected wire for wire to a radiation emitting device. The
degree of radiation was accelerated so only 10 treatments instead of
40 were delivered.
This device does not have the history or success rate of whole body
radiation, less than 5 years, vs. 25 years. I chose this one, and
after being hooked up was left in a lead room, with only a camera
watching me. My radiologist did not give me any of the warnings you
received. She was careful to not influence me one way or the other.
Her description of treatments available, gave me the to
make my own decision.
I am sad that the attitude of your radiologist is such that you are
shut up before you are able to get valid questions answered. I was
not told to isolate myself from friends or family, I went about life
as normally as possible and even took a 3 Sunday Fold Forming
Workshop during that time. Touched, hammered, shared tools, copper,
etc. and those wires were there to be felt and seen. When the device
was removed and given to me, I carried it around ahd showed it to
everyone interested, and these included other doctors who were
The radiation went directly through those wires into this device,
and at no time was I told to stay away or keep it away from anyone.
It was given to me to share as I wished.
I do believe you can query any Radiation Department of any teaching
facility and get more recent data. There is an incredible difference
in the level of knowledge between physicians of the old school and
the newer, younger physicians. I usually find “ego” in the older,
hanging on to their pedestal level physician.
A close friend, and also a jewelry maker just finished extreme
levels of radiation and chemo for throat cancer. At no time was she
told to isolate herself from the outside world or throw away
anything she used or touched. She formed a FaceBook group called
"Comfort Over Cancer," if interested I would be happy to suggest you
for entry. She will share with you her experiences. She is still on
a feeding tube, and happy to be back amongst people and going to the
If you want any names, I will be happy to share them with you. I
will also share with you privately my phone number. You may need to
exercise some caution, but seems some may be overkill.