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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I see or feel anything?

You will see the machine positioned over you and you will not feel anything.

Can someone be in the room with me during my treatments?

No. The therapy team is monitoring you throughout your time in the treatment room.

Can my family ask questions and see the treatment room?

Your family is always welcome to ask as many questions as they need to feel comfortable. We are happy to provide a tour of the treatment room when there are no patients in the area.

How long is a typical appointment?

You will likely spend about 30-45 minutes at the center, including checking in, changing (if needed) and treatment. Your actual treament will last less than 10 minutes.

Will my appointment be the same time every day?

Not necessarily, but we will provide you with a schedule of your visits throughout the course of your treatment.

Does everyone get the same number of treatments?

Your treatment planning and therapy course will be specially designed to fit you and your diagnosis.

Can I be near my family and children during treatment?

Absolutely! The radiation treatment does not make you radioactive or harmful to anyone.

What is radiation therapy?

Learn more about radiation therapy here.

 

Will treatment affect my daily activities?

Most people are able to continue with their usual daily activities while undergoing treatment, although sometimes the side effects of treatment require certain adjustments.

Can I keep working?

Yes unless otherwise advised by your physician.

What are the side effects?

After a number of treatments, you may notice either localized side effects, such as skin irritation or loss of hair within the treatment area, or more generalized side effects, such as fatigue.

Each person is unique; no two people are treated in exactly the same way, even if they seem to have the same illness. Do not be surprised if the treatments affect you differently than someone else.

If you do experience side effects, we have strategies and support resources to help you cope. Please be sure to discuss any symptoms you may have with your radiation oncologist or nurse.

How will I know if it worked?

After your treatment is complete, you will have follow up appointments with your Medical Oncologist and the Radiation Oncologist. Your doctors might repeat some tests such as lab work, CT Scan or MRI to assess the benefit of your treatment course.

 

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