We’re sure a cancer diagnosis for you or a loved one is overwhelming. There’s a lot of information given to you at once and it can be hard to keep track of everything. I’m sure you still have some questions about radiation therapy and what it entails. Below we’ve answered some common questions you may have.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy targets cancer cells and uses high-energy radiation to kill malignant cells.
When is radiation therapy recommended?
It depends on the specific case itself, but it can be recommended during the early stages of cancer or after it has spread. It can be used to treat the cancer completely or in addition to chemotherapy and/or surgery.
What should I look for when choosing a radiation oncologist?
Start by checking if they have experience in treating your specific cancer, if they have a high volume of patients, and what technology they use. Equipment using newer technology is often superior to older, outdated equipment.
Take a look at their online patient reviews and decide if it’s someone you’d be comfortable with. Remember, you’ll be working very closely with them so make sure it’s someone you trust and the team is easily accessible.
Will I be sick after radiation? What can I do to be more comfortable if I am?
Typically no. However with certain disease sites, like near the stomach, you may experience nausea. We’ll be sure to give you medication ahead of time to alleviate any sickness.
What does Texas Radiotherapy do to make me feel more comfortable?
Your care comes first, and we’re here to work with you. Our entire team at Texas Radiotherapy ensures that every patient feels comfortable communicating with us if they feel any discomfort during treatment and we will work hard to remedy that. We also use the most advanced technology to reduce treatment times and decrease symptoms.
Is it possible to drive myself in for radiation and then back home the same day?
Yes. You’re also welcome to bring someone if you want moral support, but you’ll be able to drive yourself if you choose.
If I’m too far away to drive in for radiation treatment and back home, do you recommend a place to stay? Do you have special rates?
Yes, we have hotels we work with to provide patients special rates. Contact us directly if you want to learn more.
How many radiation sessions do I need? How long does a session take?
It depends on your treatment plan but it could be anywhere between five to 45 treatments in all. Sessions are typically short, lasting between five to 20 minutes.
Will I still be able to work during radiation treatment?
Yes, you will be able to. You’ll need to come in for appointments, but we open early and stay late. We try to accommodate our patients and their schedules.
Is there anything else I should know?
We treat our patients like family and are here to support you in every way we can. We want to make sure you always feel heard and understood. This process can be difficult and we pride ourselves in caring for our patients both medically and emotionally. Our patient community is here to support you as well. In our patient lounge, where you and your caregiver can sit comfortably before the appointment, patients can hang out and form bonds to support each other.