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Radiation Therapy Process at BMCHRC

Welcome to Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (BMCHRC), a beacon of hope and healing for individuals confronting Radiation Therapy Process. Our institution stands as a pillar of comprehensive care, where cutting-edge treatments merge with compassionate support to guide patients towards optimal health outcomes.

Welcome to Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (BMCHRC), where we offer a comprehensive radiation therapy process designed to provide effective cancer treatment with care and precision. Our dedicated team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists, and support staff is committed to guiding patients through every step of their radiation therapy journey.

Initial Consultation and Evaluation:

During your initial consultation, you will meet with a radiation oncologist who specializes in cancer treatment using radiation therapy. This consultation is an opportunity for you to discuss your medical history, current diagnosis, previous treatments, and any concerns or questions you may have about radiation therapy. Your oncologist will perform a thorough evaluation, including a physical examination and review of your medical records and imaging studies, to determine if radiation therapy is the appropriate treatment option for you.

Treatment Planning and Simulation:

Once radiation therapy is recommended as part of your treatment plan, the next step is treatment planning. This involves a process called simulation, where specialized imaging techniques are used to precisely map out the size, shape, and location of the tumor. During simulation, you will be positioned on the treatment table in the same position you will be during actual treatment sessions. Immobilization devices and custom molds may be used to ensure accuracy and reproducibility of treatment positioning.


Target Volume Deliniation & Dose Optimization:

After simulation, your radiation oncologist, medical physicist, and dosimetrist will collaborate to define the target volume – the area of the body that requires treatment – and determine the optimal dose of radiation to deliver to the tumor. Advanced treatment planning software is used to create a customized radiation therapy plan that maximizes the dose to the tumor while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissues and organs.



Quality Assurance and Plan Review:

Before treatment begins, your radiation therapy plan undergoes rigorous quality assurance checks to ensure accuracy and safety. This includes verification of dose calculations, treatment delivery parameters, and imaging guidance techniques. Your radiation oncologist and treatment team will carefully review the treatment plan to confirm that it meets the highest standards of quality and efficacy.

Follow-Up Care and Survivorship:

After completing radiation therapy, you will continue to receive follow-up care to monitor your recovery and long-term health. Your radiation oncologist will schedule regular follow-up appointments to assess treatment outcomes, monitor for any signs of cancer recurrence, and address any ongoing care needs or concerns. Additionally, survivorship care plans may be developed to help you transition from active treatment to survivorship and maintain your overall health and well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Radiation Therapy work to treat Cancer?

Radiation Therapy works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and growing. It can be used to shrink tumors, destroy cancer cells, or relieve symptoms.

What are the different types of Radiation Therapy?

There are two main types of Radiation Therapy: external beam Radiation Therapy, where radiation is delivered from outside the body using a machine, and Internal Radiation Therapy (Brachytherapy), where radioactive sources are placed inside the body near the tumor.

How is the decision made to recommend Radiation Therapy?

The decision to recommend Radiation Therapy is based on factors such as the type, size, location, and stage of the cancer, as well as the patient's overall health and treatment goals. It is often part of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.

What is involved in the simulation process for Radiation Therapy?

During simulation, specialized imaging techniques are used to precisely map out the treatment area and position the patient for accurate treatment delivery. This may involve CT Scans, MRI Scans, or other imaging modalities.

How is the Radiation Therapy treatment plan created?

Radiation Oncologists, medical Physicists, and Dosimetrists work together to create a customized treatment plan based on the simulation data. They determine the appropriate radiation dose, treatment technique, and beam angles to target the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissues.

What can I expect during Radiation Therapy treatment sessions?

During treatment sessions, you will lie on a treatment table while the Radiation Therapy machine delivers radiation to the tumor. The treatment itself is painless and typically lasts only a few minutes.

How many Radiation Therapy sessions will I need?

The number of Radiation Therapy sessions, or fractions, varies depending on factors such as the type and stage of Cancer, treatment goals, and the radiation dose prescribed by your Oncologist. Treatment may be delivered daily over several weeks.

What are the potential side effects of Radiation Therapy?

Common side effects of Radiation Therapy may include Fatigue, Skin Irritation, Nausea, Diarrhea, or changes in Appetite. Your healthcare team will discuss potential side effects and strategies to manage them.

How will my treatment team monitor my progress during Radiation Therapy?

Your treatment team will monitor your progress throughout treatment through regular check-ups, physical examinations, and possibly imaging scans. They will assess tumor response and any changes in symptoms.

What happens after I complete Radiation Therapy?

After completing Radiation Therapy, you will continue to be monitored by your healthcare team with regular follow-up appointments. They will assess treatment outcomes, monitor for any signs of cancer recurrence, and address any ongoing care needs or concerns.

Can I continue working or performing daily activities during Radiation Therapy?

Many patients are able to continue working and performing daily activities during radiation therapy. However, you may experience fatigue or other side effects that could affect your ability to work or engage in certain activities. It's important to discuss any concerns with your healthcare team.

Will I need to follow a special Diet during Radiation Therapy?

In most cases, there are no specific dietary restrictions during Radiation Therapy. However, your healthcare team may recommend certain dietary guidelines to help manage side effects, such as avoiding spicy or acidic foods if you experience mouth or throat irritation.

Is it safe to be around others after receiving Radiation Therapy?

Radiation Therapy does not make you radioactive, so it is safe to be around others, including family members and friends, after treatment sessions. However, if you receive Internal Radiation Therapy (Brachytherapy), your healthcare team will provide specific instructions regarding precautions to take to minimize radiation exposure to others.