Patients in B.C. and the Yukon who require radiation therapy will receive treatment at one of the BC Cancer Agency’s comprehensive cancer centres where a full range of equipment and expertise is available.
If you or someone you love will be having radiation therapy treatment at the BC Cancer Agency, be assured that radiation therapy treatment procedures are explained to patients in full detail before the first scheduled treatment session. This gives patients a chance to have any concerns or questions addressed before the start of treatment.
Patients don’t see or feel radiation and are not radioactive following treatment. In most cases, the same amount of radiation will be given each day throughout the course of the treatment plan. After treatment, patients can usually continue with normal activities although they may tire more easily.
If special instructions are required, you will be told about them before treatment begins.
The primary team consists of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and radiation physicists who work together to decide if radiation therapy will be beneficial. If so, they will design a radiation therapy treatment plan that will be safe and effective for the individual patient's needs.
Two or three radiation therapists then work with the patient to deliver the treatment plan. Radiation therapy may be complete in a single treatment, or delivered daily (Monday through Friday) for several weeks.
Other health-care professionals within the cancer centre, such as nurses, registered dietitians and counsellors will also participate in the patient's care and treatment as required.