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What Happens During A Radiation Treatment

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Treatment is usually given at a set time on set days of the week. 

Following is generally what happens during a radiation treatment:

  • First  you change into a hospital gown. (You can bring one of your own design. Gowns designed for purchase are also available.) 
  • Then you will be taken into the treatment room and assisted onto the table or into the chair in which you will receive treatment. 
  • Blood may be drawn to check levels of your white cells and platelets. These cells may become abnormally low during treatment. 
  • The technician will place you in position and test to be sure that the position is correct. This may take a while.  
  • The technician will leave the room before the start of treatment. 
    • You will be able to communicate via an intercom. 
    • The technician will also be able to visually observe you. 
  • You will be asked to remain in position and not move until the treatment is complete. You do not have to hold your breadth. You will be able to breathe the whole time.
  • The actual treatment generally only takes a few minutes. 
  • After the treatment, the technician will return to help you off the table or chair.
  • You can then dress and leave.

Expect to be weighed at least once a week to see whether you are maintaining your normal weight. You may either lose or gain weight during treatment. 

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