There’s a long list of Sci-Fi and comic book characters who have gotten their powers as a result of accidental exposure to radiation: The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Spider Man, all of The Fantastic Four, and The Flash, to name a few. Their powers range from super strength (Hulk), to spider-like abilities (Spider Man), to super speed (Flash) and the ability to turn invisible (Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four). Lots of average people have gained some pretty incredible powers as a result of exposure to radiation!
Today I visited Arizona Oncology for my radiation simulation, and I have to say, I’m quite excited about the possibility of gaining super powers! In today’s visit, they gave me a CT Scan to ensure they know exactly where all the organs in my target area (pelvis) are, and then gave me a series of small tattoos to ensure they line me up correctly when it comes times for the radiation. They want to ensure the radiation goes exactly where they want it, and to not spill over into other organs. Before all that started, I got to watch an interesting video about the whole procedure, possible side effects, and why it’s a good therapy. It was pretty informative.
Actual treatments start on July 5th…I’m going to take next week to do a final visit to Houston for work before I can’t go anywhere for five weeks. Treatments will be every day for five weeks, and will last about 15-20 minutes. From what I could tell in the video, the bulk of that time is spent getting situated in the machine. The actual radiation will be a very small percentage of the time. The radiation itself will be a series of beams that are focused on the area where my last cancer was found. The premise is that the DNA of the cancer cells…if there are any…will be destroyed, thus making it impossible for the cells to replicate. The same will be true of any “good” cells that are in the area as well, but, apparently they have a much easier time repairing themselves than cancer cells do in the same situation. So, the cancer cells die and go away, and the good cells repair themselves and reproduce. Easy peasy!
Possible side effects: nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and skin irritation. Not too bad!
Now, since I’m not getting the same level of radiation that Bruce Banner did which turned him into the Hulk, it’s possible my super powers may be a bit more limited. But, consider this: Peter Parker got bit by a tiny spider that happened to get irradiated. So, if we think of the machine at the office as just a larger, but “targeted” spider….who knows what the possibilities could be! And you never know…maybe a spider WILL cross the beams, take a bite out of me, and then IT’S ON!
I’ll let everybody know how things go after my first session!
Have a great week!