Radiation therapy usually takes treatment sessions five days a week for 1 to 10 weeks. The overall number of procedures depends on the size and type of cancer. Each Radiotherapy session usually takes about 10 to 30 minutes. Often, the patient is given each weekend off from therapy, which helps with the restoration of healthy cells.
During each session, you will lie on the treatment table, and your team will position you and apply the same types of cushions and restraints used during your initial radiation simulation. Protective shielding or covers can also be placed on or around you to protect other body parts from harmful radiation.
Radiation therapy requires the use of a linear accelerator system, which focuses radiation at the correct location. The machine could shift around the table to aim the radiation at the correct angles. The computer can even create a clicking sound, which is perfectly natural.
You should experience no Pain during this test. You’ll also be able to connect with your team through the room’s intercom, if necessary. Your doctors will be nearby in an adjacent room, watching the examination.