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FAQs

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What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy damages cancer cells while limiting the impact to healthy cells. It is a painless treatment (similar to having an x-ray), that is localised and only causes symptoms in the location of the body being treated. ROC uses External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT), an effective form of radiation therapy for oncology (cancer treatment).

Do I have to wait to commence treatment?

Radiation Oncology Centres do not have waiting lists, meaning that you will commence treatment shortly after an initial consultation with your radiation oncologist.

What are the side effects of radiation therapy?

Your radiation oncologist will discuss the potential side effects of radiation therapy with you. Throughout your course of treatment you will be closely monitored by medical and nursing staff by a team who are always ready to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Can I still go to work during the treatment course?

Yes. We make every attempt to accommodate work commitments during your treatment. Please let our team know of any specific appointment times that you may need.

How long do each of the treatment sessions last?

Radiotherapy treatment sessions last between 10 and 15 minutes but you will need to allow time to change prior to your treatment appointment time.

Will my condition deteriorate because there is no treatment on the weekend?

No, your radiation oncologist takes into consideration any weekends when prescribing the correct dose for you.

Will I become radioactive from the treatment?

Radiation therapy by EBRT does not make you radioactive, and it is safe for you to be with other people, including children, throughout your treatment. 

Will I require any other form of treatment?

Radiation therapy treatment can be delivered on its own, or in combination with other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy, hormones and surgery. Your treating physicians will determine which forms of cancer therapy will be best for your condition.