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Radiation Therapy FAQs

What should I bring to my first appointment?

A copy of your complete medical record is most helpful, including pathology or lab reports and/or any prior treatment notes. You will need to bring any films of CT or MRI scans, bone scans and X-rays. You will also need to bring your health insurance cards, along with any necessary referrals required by your insurer.

Can a family member or friend come with me to my initial appointment?

Yes. We encourage family members or close friends to participate in the initial consult with the radiation oncologist and oncology nurse. Since we explain a lot of information to you, it may be helpful to have others there to listen. Of course, this is your decision and you are welcome to come alone. Please remember that we are always available to talk with you and review anything you may not have heard or understood at your initial consult.

Should someone come with me each time I have a radiation treatment?

Family and friends can be very supportive and they are always welcome to accompany you. However, it is your decision. Physically you will not be groggy or unable to function. Unless physically ill or mentally exhausted, most patients are able to drive themselves home after their appointments.

How often will I see the doctor or nurse?

You will be scheduled for weekly physician/nurse visits throughout the course of your treatment.

Whom should I contact if I have a bad reaction or extreme discomfort?

While you are receiving treatment it is very important to contact the doctor or nurse at the Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center at 508-427-2900. Remember that we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also note that we will collaborate with your primary care physician to provide a comprehensive team.

What if I miss a treatment?

You will be scheduled for a certain number of treatments based on your specific disease. It is extremely important that you receive all of your prescribed treatments. Therefore, if you miss a day it must be made up and your last day of treatment will be extended.

I know some patients receive radiation and chemotherapy at the same time. If I do, where will I receive my chemotherapy?

In most cases, your chemotherapy will be given in your medical oncologist’s office or at a local hospital.

Should I call every day to confirm my appointment?

No. Once you are scheduled for treatment, your appointment time is yours.

Will you notify me if my appointment is cancelled (due to bad weather, etc.)?

Yes. This is why we ask for your work, cell and home telephone numbers.

After I complete treatment will that be the last time I visit the radiation center?

No. Approximately three to six weeks after your last treatment you will return for a follow-up appointment. Thereafter, you will return as needed for an office visit with your radiation oncologist.

If I would like to attend a support group, how do I get in touch with one?

Your oncology nurse can provide you with information on support groups and access to other oncology professionals. For information about cancer support groups you can also contact our DoctorFinder at 1-800-488-5959.