When you arrive, our receptionist will greet you and send you to our lakeshore waiting room. It is not unusual to feel anxious on the first day of treatment so we encourage you to take in the soothing views of Lake Monona. Know that our staff will do everything they can to make you comfortable. Share your concerns with us. We’re here to answer your questions. Treatments are brief and you’ll be on with your day, usually in about 30 minutes.
- You’ll lie on the treatment table in the same position as your initial set-up.
- The radiation therapists will position you carefully using the tattoos on your skin and/or your immobilization device.
- The therapists will then leave the treatment room and go into an adjoining control room.
- Images are taken regularly right on the treatment table and reviewed by your radiation oncologist to ensure proper positioning.
Your therapists constantly monitor and communicate with you with audiovisual technology while administering the radiation which takes seconds. Radiation therapy is usually given on a structured schedule over the course of several weeks.
- Most patients receive treatments Monday-Friday each week for several weeks.
- Although treatments are scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes, you will receive radiation for just a fraction of that time.
- Much of the time is spent on positioning.
- You will not feel anything during the radiation treatment. It’s painless.
Radiation therapists will be caring for you every day, and they’re always available to answer questions. You will meet once each week with a nurse and the radiation oncologist to assess your progress. Please share your concerns with us, especially any new symptoms if they arise. Some patients experience side effects of the radiation. This depends on the exact type of tumor treated and the location of the radiation treatment.
Treatment Appointment Duration: 30 minutes
“Radiation works best when it is given in small doses over several sessions. In this way, it can destroy the tumor cells and yet allow sufficient time for the normal healthy cells around the tumor to repair any damage from the radiation.”
Dr. Michelle MacKay