What To Expect

Fighting cancer is challenging. To help you prepare for the fight, here is a brief outline of what you can expect during treatment with radiotherapy or radiosurgery. The details of some of the steps may differ, depending on your particular case.

Step 1: The Consultation

First, you'll meet with your doctor, a radiation oncologist, to discuss your treatment. Your doctor will tell you what type of radiation treatment he or she recommends, whether it will be given alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods, what the specific goals of treatment are, and what side effects you may experience.

If you have more than one treatment option from which to choose, your doctor will give you the information you need to make a decision. For instance, your doctor may tell you that you have a choice between prostatectomy (surgery) and radiation therapy. The consultation is an excellent opportunity for you to ask whatever questions you may have to help make such a decision. Click here for a list of common questions.