Here are a few of the questions we commonly hear when we prescribe radiation therapy.
Are the treatments painful?
For the most part, the treatments themselves are not painful and it is similar to having an X-ray. However, in 2-3 weeks your skin may become sensitive and irritated. Also, depending on what part of your body is being treated, other concerns may appear, such as discomfort in swallowing.
While on treatment, can I be with family and children?
Any patient treated with external beam radiation is not radioactive and there are no special restrictions.
Will I lose my hair?
Hair loss is only likely if the head and hair follicles are in the treatment field.
What risks are associated with radiation oncology?
Skin reactions, fatigue, low blood counts and possible, but unlikely, nausea and vomiting. All of these potential risks will be managed by your physician and healthcare team.
Sometimes acute side effects may happen which generally resolve within 2-4 weeks after your treatment is completed. These side effects depend upon the area of your treatment. Your physician will explain all these potential concerns with you before you begin treatment.