External Beam Radiation Therapy

For your first day of treatment, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment as nursing staff will perform a day 1 review.
When you arrive for your subsequent treatment appointments, please scan your appointment card each day at the front desk and proceed to your treatment machine waiting area.

The Radiation Therapists will position you with the same equipment used for your planning scan and the part of you being treated will be exposed. They will align your tattoos or other markings to positioning lasers in the treatment room to place you exactly in the planned treatment position. Staff will take X-rays or CT equivalent images before your treatment to ensure sub-millimetre accuracy.


Treatment time depends on the complexity of your radiation treatment: a typical session ranges from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Treatment is painless and non-invasive. You will not see or feel anything, you will only hear the linear accelerator machine buzz as it delivers the prescribed treatment. The planned treatment course is broken up into "fractions", or daily treatments.

Every 1-2 weeks you will be seen on "treatment review" by your medical team. If you are unwell, you may ask to be seen at any time by the nursing staff who will contact the doctor as appropriate. Please do not start any new medications during the radiotherapy without discussing it with your doctor first.