In a nutshell, so far so good.
No problem with the radiation, which is very brief. It involves another very expensive machine with nice technicians but no shot. By far the most noticeable side effect is the black Sharpie dots and x's all over my chest.
The chemotherapy treatment was much more extensive. There are 4 drugs administered by IV prior to chemo - benadryl, tagamet, a steroid (decadron), and an anti-nausea drug (aloxi). That takes about an hour. Each chemo, and there are two, take about an hour to administer, also by IV. However, one of the chemos can cause significant allergic reaction, so for this first treatment the drip time was doubled, to make sure that I would be able to tolerate it. I had no allergic reactions, only a benadryl-induced slumber. We started with radiation at 11:00 am and didn't finish chemo until after 5:00 pm. Overall I'm feeling okay. Better yet, I left the treatment feeling hungry.
So, today reminded me of one of my favorite Carly Simon songs (before it was used in a ketchup commercial) - the Anticipation was worse than the event.
One down, my friends.