Photo Caption: Becky Baquet (left) is incredibly thankful for radiation technicians like
Terry Curcio, a mammographer at FMH Imaging Services.
For Becky Baquet, 61, of Libertytown, Md., it’s not her initial diagnosis
or lumpectomy she remembers most about her breast cancer journey. It’s
one radiation tech’s small act of kindness that empowered her to
keep fighting—and look back on the strength and courage she displayed
from the beginning.
“My last radiation treatment in August 2014 was a big moment for
me. I remember asking my radiation tech, ‘Does this mean I’m
a survivor now?’’ Baquet pauses, in tears. “She responded,
assuredly, ‘You’ve been a survivor since the day you were
Nov. 6-12 marks
National Radiologic Technology Week, which recognizes the extraordinary work that medical imaging and radiation
therapy professionals play in patient care and healthcare safety. The
celebration coincides with the discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Conrad
Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895 and annually recognizes the vital work of today’s
radiation technologists across the nation.
Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS)
Regional Cancer Therapy Center, for example, radiation is commonly used for cancer treatment. In fact,
over half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy
during the course of their treatment.
The Center is home to the only radiation oncology department in the area
accredited by the
American College of Radiology. FRHS’s technicians not only monitor radiation treatment, but also
are available to answer questions, help patients manage their symptoms,
and address any side effects they may experience during the process.
Baquet’s course of treatment was relatively easy, she says—she
was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer in April 2014 and didn’t
need chemotherapy. After surgery at FRHS to remove the lump and surrounding
lymph nodes, she went straight to radiation therapy, also at FRHS.
“I can’t say enough about the radiation techs that saw me for
30 treatments throughout that summer,” Baquet says. “You’re
in such a vulnerable position when you are laying on a table, completely
exposed, getting ready to receive radiation. They were very respectful.
I felt incredibly appreciative of their care.”
“It’s amazing what they see every day, what they’re exposed
to, and how they’ve dealt with so many different types of cancers
and different types of people. It takes a special person to do that job
and make your patients feel the way they made me feel.”
FRHS will move its award-winning oncology program into a new, state-of-the-art
facility in the summer of 2017. The
James M. Stockman Cancer Institute will offer convenient, comprehensive care in a healing environment, making
treatment for those battling cancer more manageable than ever before.
To hear more cancer survivor stories or to schedule an appointment for
radiation oncology services, visit www.fmh.org/cancercare
or call 301-418-6465.