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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Oh no he won’t.

About three weeks ago I wrote an article about my son’s treatment for Thyroid cancer.

He was booked in provisionally to have further radiotherapy treatment* in July.

The good news is that his Oncologist has reviewed the data which shows that, although slower than normal, his protein levels are returning to a normal state.

It’s nice to have good news.

* Why’s it called Radiotherapy when there isn’t a radio in sight?

(Don’t all shout at once)


  1. Radiotherapy - Shortened form of the older term "radiation therapy" when radioactive sources were used to destroy tumours as at that time they hadn't figured out to generate high power/high dosage X-rays to do the same thing in a more controlled fashion.

    Also 'cos the radiographers usual have the wireless on while they're working.

  2. They can't hear the radio 'cos they are usually talking too loudly and too much.

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  4. For the last few X-rays I had the radiographers weren't in the same room, whereas I remember that many years ago they would be a lot nearer but just be behind a screen.

    Come to think of it, I'd rather not have been there either.

    Although I guess the 'wireless on' might be a joke I can't help but wonder if that would be an immediate way of detecting ionising radiation from scatter or shielding leak/deterioration?

    Best wishes to your son.

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