How to prepare
Radiation therapy treats cancer by using high-energy waves to kill the cancer cells. The goal is to destroy or damage the cancer without hurting too many healthy cells.
Your Radiation therapy schedule will depend on the type and stage of your cancer. Your radiation therapy team will take you through a planning process to determine that the radiation being given reaches the precise spot in your body where it's needed and you find a comfortable position during your therapy.
When you come for radiation therapy, you will be expected to lie on a table whilst the machine (linear accelerator) moves around you to deliver radiation from several angles. You must lie still. You may hear a buzzing sound. Each radiation therapy session may last from 10-30 minutes. Our medical team will be able to observe and communicate with you from a room right outside the radiation therapy room. You should speak up if you feel uncomfortable or any sort of pain.
What to expect
Radiation therapy affects patients in different ways, depending on how healthy you are before treatment, the type and stage of your cancer, and the kind of therapy and the dose you are getting. The most common side effect is feeling exhausted, tired and worn out.