- Question from Xana: How long does each treatment take?
- Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. Each treatment only lasts a couple of minutes. Most patients are in the treatment room about 10 minutes to make sure they're lined up correctly. I usually tell patients to plan on being in the Radiation Department about one-half hour a day.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. This may vary from one department to another. And even within the same department, there can be variation from day to day. Sometimes there are emergencies that throw off the schedule. Your doctor and your nurse will usually get to see you about once a week.
- Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. Periodically, the doctor may ask to take a special x-ray to check and make sure that the setup is still perfect.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Radiation Therapy Updates featured Lydia T. Komarnicky, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in radiation therapy: the newest and best techniques, combining radiation therapy with other treatments, ways to manage, reduce or eliminate side effects, and more.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2004.
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