Right now, the hardest thing about radiation is driving over to the office every day, but that will probably change. The side effects I can expect are fatigue and skin sensitivity. The fatigue usually starts after the second week and the skin sensitivity could be any time - every woman is different. I have felt a little bit of tightness and a burning sensation every once in a while.
The actual procedure is nothing. There's a set up that takes about 5 minutes. I have to lay in a cradle type apparatus that was custom molded to my mid-body. They line me up using three small tattoos (yes, now I can say I have tattoos) they gave me at my simulation appointment. They then take a scan and line that scan up with the original scan (again, at the simulation appointment) to make sure I'm in the right position.
Once they have confirmation that I'm lined up properly, they start the radiation, which takes all of 6.3 minutes. I have to lay perfectly still but I don't feel a thing and I walk out of the office about 25 minutes after I've walked in, which is at 3:20 each day.
And I received a phone call from the cardiologist's office today telling me the results of the MUGA-scan came back showing my heart normal again. They didn't give me the number that they use to clarify how normal, but I'll find that out when I meet with my oncologist on Monday.