What should I expect during external beam radiation therapy?

During each external beam radiation therapy treatment:
  • You'll sit in a chair or lie on a table. A healthcare provider might use various pieces of equipment to help hold you in position for the treatment.
  • The radiation therapist will then go into the next room to control the machine. The therapist can see and hear you. The therapist can talk to you through a speaker.
  • You will see lights that show the therapist exactly where to point the radiation.
  • While the radiation beam is on, lie as still as possible. You don't have to hold your breath.

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