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How can I prevent errors in my child’s radiation treatment?

Radiation treatment for cancer can be very effective. It may make you more comfortable with your child’s radiology therapy if you ask some basic questions in order to keep errors in care at bay. The American Society of Radiation Oncology and others suggest that you:
  • Find out about the training of the staff.
  • Ask about the maintenance of the equipment.
  • Be informed about the plan for your child’s therapy.
  • Ask about who will provide the service and if their training is appropriate for the therapy being delivered.
  • Be informed about expected side effects. Awareness about normal and expected responses to a treatment regimen can help you recognize serious problems and complications sooner. The American Cancer Society is a good resource for such information.
  • Keep a record so your child is not overmedicated.
  • Ask to be sure the lowest, effective level of radiation is being administered.

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