External Beam Radiation: What to Expect
The goal of external beam radiation is to aim radiation directly at your cancer. You'll get radiation only on the part of your body that has cancer tumors.
Most of the time, you will get external beam radiation therapy as an outpatient. You'll have treatment at a Riverside radiation therapy center and will not have to stay in the hospital unless recommended by your doctor.
Most people get therapy 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Treatment lasts for 2 to 10 weeks, depending on the type of cancer you have and the goal of your treatment. The time between your first and last radiation therapy sessions is called a course of treatment.
To help you understand the process, our staff is offering this information on what you can expect during:
We have provided information on what to expect if and when you have side effects from your treatment and some ideas for coping.