What Things Can I Do To Help Myself During Treatment?

1. What is Radiation Therapy?

2. How does Radiation Therapy work?

3. What can I expect after I am told I need Radiation Therapy?

4. Will Radiation Therapy make me radioactive?

5. Will the treatment hurt while they are being given?

6. Which side effects may I have, and how long will they last?

7. What things can I do to help myself during treatment?

Continue to care for your physical and mental health needs by utilizing resources within the Cancer Treatment Center.


Proper nutrition is essential during cancer treatments. A dietitian from the Cancer Treatment Center can help you set up a food plan. Be sure to continue to eat a well-balanced diet. Everyday, try to choose foods from the four main food groups: breads and cereals; meat, eggs or beans; dairy products; and vegetables and fruits. Drink at least 8 cups of fluid every day. This may include water, gelatin, ice pops, juices, iced tea, soup, and milk. Get some exercise and plenty of rest. It is okay to continue your regular activities as long as you take rest periods and do not overexert yourself. Your doctor will talk with you about how much exercise you should get. Try to sleep at least 6 hours at night, and take naps during the day if you can. Be sure to tell the nurses and dieticians all the medicines, vitamins and nutritional supplements that you might be taking. It is also very important that your treatments remain consistent, which means not missing a treatment if possible. We are closed on major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) but these are the only weekdays we do not give treatments.

8. How do I make an appointment?

9. Do I need preauthorization from my insurance carrier for treatment?

10. What other services can I receive at the Cancer Treatment Center?