As Scott Jerome-Parks lay dying, he clung to this wish: that his fatal radiation overdose — which left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned, with his teeth falling out, with ulcers in his mouth and throat, nauseated, in severe pain and finally unable to breathe — be studied and talked about publicly so that others might not have to live his nightmare.Sensing death was near, Mr. Jerome-Parks summoned his family for a final Christmas. His friends sent two buckets of sand from the beach where they had played as children so he could touch it, feel it and remember better days.
Mr. Jerome-Parks died several weeks later in 2007. He was 43. Read the entire article here.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The New York Times Examines Radiation Effects--and Mistakes
The New York Times is examining the effects of radiation. Read the first in the series here--and if you are due for radiation, make sure you ask your radiation oncologist for the safety procedures used at your facility.