Q: Can you tell if the treatment is working?
A: There is no absolute way to measure the effectiveness of treatment while you are getting regular radiation. In most cases, patients will undergo follow-up procedures once their treatments are complete to determine how the body responded to treatment.
Q: What side effects will I experience from radiation?
A: Radiation therapy is site-specific. This means that side effects will likely occur in and around the area we're treating. For example, if a patient is undergoing radiation treatments for a lung mass, they may experience a sore throat. Some patients report skin irritation at the site of radiation, and many feel fatigued after treatment. Most side effects can be easily managed by our radiation oncologist and nurse.