• what should i need to prepare before goin to my first radiation?

    Asked by vickz on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    what should i need to prepare before goin to my first radiation?

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    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll (Best Answer!)

      Radiation is really easy at least for the first few times. You should have had a session where they use a CT scan machine to give you little tatoos (just 4 to 6 little dots) that they will use to line you up. Then they will likely have you lie on the machine and take an X-ray to check the alignment. They use the dots and lasers to get you into position on the table and you just have to lie there, probably with your arms above your head while the machine aims and zaps the little cancer cells away. When I have had it they have a music on. The whole process takes only 5 to 10 minutes per treatment after then have you aligned. Just be sure to smile when they are taking the X-rays!!!!!!! After a while you may have some redness that looks lie a sunburn where the radiation goes in. You can use a cream to help the skin after each treatment but not before. You want to be claen going in. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      It was exactly as Peroll described. The first couple of times, I was intimidated by the room and the machine. I had seen this type of thing on TV but I could not believe it was me laying on this table under this machine -- tears kept escaping. Then, I started using that time for my morning prayers - and it went so much better. By the end of the 35 sessions, it had become routine. I did have some fatigue and I did burn whereas I had to take a week off to heal. They prescribed Silverdene Cream which worked great. You will do fine and will soon have it all behind you.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I pretty much just showed up for radiation, nothing much to prepare as far as the actual radiation treatments.

      As far as preparing for the side effects. I was radiated in the neck and mouth and had mouth sores, lost my voice, was fatigued. So I would try to anticipate whatever side effects they tell you that you may have.

      Hope it's smooth and easy for you!

      over 3 years ago
    • lroz57's Avatar

      You don't need to do anything. Getting radiation is easy.

      over 3 years ago

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