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Topic: Prone Position

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2018 11:57AM

Veeder14 wrote:

Anyone getting radiation in the prone position? Is it like being in the MRI for a biopsy?

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 10, 2018 12:51PM VLH wrote:

My biopsy wasn't done in an MRI, but I'm very claustrophobic and was still able to do prone position. The descriptions I've heard of the type of biopsy you describe, patients are positioned on a very firm surface during the biopsy. Equipment probably varies from facility to facility, but my facility had a pink foam surface with a cutout for the affected breast. If you do a Google search and look at images, you'll see some possible positioning options. If not for my badly encapsulated/frozen shoulder, the procedure would have been totally painless. Even with the shoulder pain, the procedure was quick enough after the initial mapping and rehearsal that it was definitely bearable. Good luck!

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 10, 2018 01:11PM Veeder14 wrote:

Thanks VLH,

Yeah, I was wondering about cushioning because for the MRI and MRI biopsy that plastic thing just killed my ribs. I'm glad to hear that your facility had some padding available. I even brought strips of memory foam to put on the plastic edges, which the radiologists let me use. It was still a very hard surface. How long would you actually be laying down? I can deal with 15-20 minutes but the MRI's were 45-1 hour and just miserable on my back/neck.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 11, 2018 02:13AM Dauna wrote:

I was initially in the prone position. Most unfortunately, and painfully, I wound up breaking ribs three different times. I actually had to spend some 4 or 5 days in the hospital. I had been breathing so shallowly that my lungs were filling with fluid. A resperologist helped me to recover.

When my radiation resumed I was placed on my back.

Very best wishes

Dauna

Surgery 7/19/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 11, 2018 02:25AM Veeder14 wrote:

Hi Duana,

I'm sorry to hear that you got cracked ribs from treatment and hope your ribs have recovered. I broke a rib after a fall once. and know how painful that is. I noticed during the 4 breast MRI's I had over 6 weeks time frame that I couldn't breathe very deep or they would say the pictures are blurry.

About how long were you on the table for each treatment?

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 13, 2018 11:27PM VLH wrote:

Cracked ribs? How terrible!

Veeda, the sessions were very short, maybe 5 minutes? Once they do the tattoos during mapping and you become accustomed to the procedure so getting your positioning right becomes easier and easier, the actual radiation is fast. I should note that my treatment was only whole breast; that is, I didn't require radiation to the lymph nodes.

Lyn

Dx 5/20/2016, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/14/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 7/18/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes Surgery 7/25/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/10/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 9/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Feb 14, 2018 12:15AM Veeder14 wrote:

Thanks VLH,

My lymph nodes were clear so hopefully I only have whole breast. I thought the breast tissue does go up near your arm pit. I've a seroma still and I'll see about getting that drained ahead of time.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/26/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel

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