Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
|Radiation of Tumor|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Skin changes
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Specific side effects associated with the area of the body being treated
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
Coming in one or more times for imaging tests to identify exactly where the radiation beams will be focused; imaging tests used may include:
- X-ray—a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the body
- PET scan —a test that uses a special camera to view structures inside the body after a radioactive solution is injected into a vein
- CT/PET scan—a simultaneous fusion of both studies that provides increased accuracy over either study alone
- Marking the locations on the skin where the radiation will be focused to guide the therapist
- Being fitted for a localization device, such as a mask or body frame, to help target accuracy
- Using ultrasound or implanted markers to track the position of the tumor
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Persistent pain
- New or unusual lumps, bumps, or swelling
- Nausea, diarrhea , vomiting, or loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- A cough, sore throat, or fever that does not go away
- Unusual changes to skin, including rashes, bleeding, or bruising
- Other symptoms you are concerned about
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