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Christopher Court - The mask

The mask

Christopher Court's proton radiation maskBefore the proton therapy could begin it was necessary to precisely map the tumor and prepare a detailed treatment plan that would be programmed in to the proton machine.  For this to work, the head must be in exactly the same position each time the radiation is administered,  they do this by making a face mask that fits tightly over the face and attaches to the treatment table.  Once the mask was made and all the measurements taken, there was to be a two week break before treatment began in order to prepare the treatment plan.  The two week break from the hospital gave everyone the chance to relax a little and catch up on some sleep, but Chris' parents were anxious to get the treatment started.