Dr. Swarupa Mitra Consultant, radiation Oncology. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer hospital and research Institute. Rohini. New DelhiRead more
The actual administration of the radiation treatment usually takes only about 5 to 10 minutes. Factors that affect the total length of the treatment include the complexity of the treatment, the particular machine on which is used for treatment and how quickly one can be positioned properly for treatment. On average, most patients spend a total of 20 to 30 minutes in the Department per day receiving their treatment.
Several days after the simulation and after all calculations have been performed the treatment can begin. Patient lies on the treatment table in the same position as on the scanner. Proper positioning usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. Once in place on the treatment table, a set of X-ray films will be taken. These films will be matched with the simulation films to ensure that the treatment is going to be delivered the same way as it was simulated. Occasionally, the match is not optimal. In these cases, adjustments will be made and will be checked by the attending physician. In rare cases, more adjustments are required and treatment may need to be postponed. Once the films and positioning are confirmed, a treatment will be delivered.
Often,the attending physician will be called to see you at the machine to make sure that your position is correct. This should not cause any concern as it is a standard part of our practice to ensure the most accurate delivery of the radiation treatments.
Once the initial set-up is completed, daily treatments normally follow. Treatments are usually given once a day, Monday through Friday, for a number of weeks. Each treatment generally takes only 5 to 10 minutes; however, the patient will likely be in our department for approximately 20 to 30 minutes per day.
Treatment Times and Scheduling
Treatments take place between 8:00 AM and and when the last patient is taken, Monday through Friday. Scheduling of treatments is fairly flexible and every attempt will be made to accommodate the schedule within a reasonable period of time. In most cases, a treatment will be scheduled for the same time each day for the entire course of treatment.
The patient will also be examined at least once a week by the attending physician and resident. The examination day is generally on the same day every week, just before or after your treatment is administered. These examinations are important because they allow the physician the opportunity to evaluate the physical condition, answer any questions that one may have.
Once the radiation treatments have been completed, a final visit is planned with the physician. This will occur just after the last treatment has been administered. During this visit, the doctor will perform an examination and discuss follow-up care.
In general, follow-up appointments occur between 2 and 6 weeks after the completion of radiation therapy. After that, we will follow the progress and see on a regular basis