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Transcript: "Radiation Treatment"

Announcer: It's now two weeks after surgery. Today, Pat is having her chest area marked, for the most effective and safest place to direct the radiation.

Woman: OK, this will be a little bit cold while it touches your skin.

Announcer: When the treatment starts, Pat discovers the radiation burns her skin, making it uncomfortable to wear a bra. She feels tired, and needs to take afternoon naps. And she has to stop traveling for nearly two months, while undergoing the daily treatments.

Pat: I've been working to bring my schedule under control for July and August, so that I wouldn't be traveling as much, and a couple of my clients have been really nice and said they will come here for that period of time. Sometime between the surgery and the radiation, I managed to sort of convince myself that, you know, life was normal, and then when -- the radiation is a very sobering thing.

[ bell ringing ]

Announcer: Her medical treatments are nearly finished, and Pat is taking more time for herself. So far, she's feeling good about the decisions she's had to make in the four months since she was first diagnosed with cancer.

Pat: I wanted this incredibly wise, perfectly informed doctor to come along and say, "This is what you will do, and then when you do that, you will be cured." That's very much a fantasy, I think, that someone can give you those answers, and one of the really -- one of the things that really kept hitting me over and over again is that there are no black and white answers in cancer treatment.

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