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How many treatments will I have?
How long does each treatment take?
Will I be treated at the same time each day?
Unless there is a change in your schedule this will be your treatment time for your entire course of treatment. If you need to change your appointment time for any reason, please let the radiation therapist know. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment on time, please call us.
We expect to be able to complete your treatment at the schedule time. However, on occasion we may experience a treatment delay. On very rare occasions, treatments may also need to be cancelled. In the event that your treatment will be delayed or cancelled, we will do our best to inform you ahead of time. Please make sure we have accurate phone numbers where you can be reached.
What happens during the treatment appointments?
On your first day of treatment you will be greeted by one of our patient care coordinators and escorted to our patient-only waiting area. Depending on the area treated you may be asked to change into a gown and/or scrub pants. Any jewelry that may be in the treatment area will also need to be removed daily for treatment.
From our patient waiting area you will be escorted by the Radiation Therapist to the treatment room. Everyday before treatment you will be asked to provide us with your full name and birth date. This procedure is one of many quality assurance checks that will be performed daily before you are treated. Once in the treatment room, you will be asked to lie down on the treatment couch. Any immobilization devices created during your simulation appointment will be used to assist you in holding still. Using lasers and any marks that you may have on your body, the radiation therapists will carefully align you with the treatment machine. The radiation therapists will exit the room and, depending on your treatment plan, perform a number imaging studies to ensure that you are positioned correctly. While the therapists are out of the room you will be under constant observation with the use of video cameras and an intercom system.
Once we have verified that you are positioned perfectly the radiation therapist will deliver your radiation treatment.