How does radiation therapy work?
Cancer cells divide more rapidly than normal healthy cells, and high doses of radiation can kill cancer cells by stopping them from dividing any further. Radiation can damage normal cells, and most of the time, normal cells will recover better than abnormal cells. The Radiation Oncologist will use the treatment plan to target the cancer cells while avoiding normal, healthy cells as much as possible.
Will I be radioactive?
This type of radiation is generated by the linear accelerator so you will not be radioactive. When the machine is off, no radiation is present and it does not linger in your body. You may be around friends and family without any concern.
What is it like to receive a radiation treatment?
Radiation treatments are painless. Most patients hear a buzzing noise when the machine is turned on and treatment is being received.
When are treatment days?
Treatments are generally given Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., with weekends and holidays off for rest. Daily appointment times are generally at the same time every day and the Radiation Therapists will work with you to find a time that is convenient for your schedule. Once a week you will see the doctor for a progress check, and you may have additional simulation appointments as your treatment progresses.
Will my insurance cover radiation treatments?
Most insurances cover radiation treatments, but since cancer treatment is costly and there are many different deductibles and copays, we will check with your insurance company before any treatment is started.