Radiotherapy can be daunting for anyone at any age
Hello! My name is Lobke and for the past 15 years it has been my job to prepare for and support children, young people and their families through their radiotherapy treatment.
Radiotherapy can be daunting for anyone at any age. As a team we are always looking at ways how we can make this experience a little easier and the best it can be. Quite some time ago we came across a photo on the internet, shared by a hospital in America. It showed an orfit radiotherapy mask painted as Spiderman. We absolutely loved the idea! The look of radiotherapy masks can be perceived by many as clinical and scary. Seeing it decorated at Spiderman completely transformed this and made it a look a lot friendlier. This was something we wanted to offer to our patients!
The idea of mask painting was discussed with the wider team and everyone was full of enthusiasm and happy to get involved. Small squares of Orfit mask material were provided by the mould room technicians and I was asked to paint these squares in different colours and different thicknesses of waterbased acrylic paint to make sure these could all be tested for safety. As soon as the report showed it didn’t affect the radiation dose we had the go ahead!