Joan completed her therapy Wed night last week. I drove to Chicago to go to her last three visits with her. I was impressed with the hominess of the treatment center and how the staff celebrated the patients 'graduation' with a party atmosphere. the staff wears party hats and blows horns and ring cowbells, and the families bring food to celebrate with the other patients. On Tues Joan arranged for the staff to introduce me to how they develope her treatment plan. I saw her insides in 3D and spent 30 minutes being briefed on how proton therapy works especially for lung patients. it was very space age and facinating. Each day I could tell Joan was more excited about ending the treatments. When she came in the previous weekend her chest still looked like sunburn, now it looks like a very bad burn, and is blistering. she cannot have clothing touch it. We went to dinner Tues night after treatment and then to Trader Joes to get wine and NO-Pudge brownies for her party on Wed. Wed after her treatment the staff cheered her with cowbells and horns. she gave them all a bottle of wine for their compassion and care during her treatments. she got a certificate and a challenge coin for 'gradutation' from proton therapy. I took pictures with the staff and her doctor. Then we went to the Signature Club in the John Hancock building for dinner. She was exhausted, but very upbeat. She has continued to work as special ed teacher during her treatments. I sat in on her classes Thurs before I left to drive back to STL. Those kids love her. So she called tonight and said skin is blistering off now. She can put the lotion and bath on it more often now that treatments are over, because during treatment it could not be on there before the treatments. She is really hoping this will not scar, but hoping more, this will be the end of treatments. She is still very upbeat and smiling. God Bless her attitude.
if anyone has any questions about proton therapy for lung cancer, I belive we can answer them for you now that Joan has completed her treatments.