Typically, radiation treatments occur daily, five days per week, with individual treatments lasting only a few minutes each. In fact, patients are usually in and out of the department within 30 minutes. Depending on your disease and the treatment course your physician selects, radiation therapy may continue for a period of anywhere from one to eight weeks.
You will have weekly appointments with your radiation oncologist during treatment. In addition, you'll be monitored daily by the radiation therapists who administer your radiation treatments. Specially trained nurses in the Radiation Oncology Department are also available to help manage your needs and to answer any treatment-related questions you may have.
It is important for you to attempt to make all of your scheduled radiation therapy appointments. If you need to miss an appointment, please call to reschedule; if your appointment is in Burlington please call 781-744-8780 and if it is in Peabody please call 978-538-4120. For each appointment you miss within your prescribed treatment course, one day will be added to your treatment plan.
Most patients are able to drive after receiving radiation therapy, throughout the course of treatment. However, driving may not be recommended for patients with certain types of cancer, as fatigue and strong pain medications may impair driving capabilities. Your radiation oncologist will be able to talk with you about whether or not you should be driving while undergoing treatment.
For Burlington, reserved parking for radiation therapy patients is available outside the Trump Building (which is an extension of the main hospital building). We recommend you park in this lot because it is a long walk from the main entrance. If you do park in the main garage and enter through the main entrance of the hospital you will be on the 4th floor where you will need to take the West Elevators down to the 2nd floor and follow the signs for the Trump Building. The front desk staff will validate your parking after each patient visit.
For Peabody, use the entrance at the front of the building and look for the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center on the left. Parking at this location is free.
The majority of patients see their radiation oncologist for an extended period following the completion of radiation therapy treatment. Your radiation oncologist, in collaboration with your cancer care team, will determine the appropriate follow-up schedule for you. Your follow-up at Lahey may occur in a multidisciplinary setting, including appointments with physicians from several medical specialties.
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