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Cancer Care – Radiation Therapy

How can you be active in your care?

These are things that you and your family can do to assist your doctor, nurse and other health care professionals provide safer care.

  • To ensure that staff have your correct identification, please bring your hospital or Health Care Number (MCP) card with you when you come to the Cancer Centre.
  • Know what medications you are taking and why you are taking them. Bring a list of your medications from your pharmacy to your appointments, including over the counter medicines, vitamins, herbs or alternative medicines.
  • Remain as still as possible on the treatment machine once the therapist has positioned you.
  • All treatment rooms have intercoms and TV monitors. Notify the therapist if you wish to stop the treatment. Raise one hand and wave while staying in position. A therapist will be with you in seconds.
  • Do NOT attempt to get off the treatment couch until a therapist instructs you that it is safe to do so.
  • Tell your doctor, nurse or radiation therapist about any side effects you are having and follow the instructions given to you to treat these side effects.
  • Practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections.

Ask us questions about:

  • Your medications.
  • Your treatment plan and options.
  • The side effects of your treatment.
  • If you notice a change in your treatment you were not aware of.
  • The results of any tests you’ve had.
  • If a family member can be present with you during your appointment or treatment.
  • Our hand hygiene practices.
  • Our names and role in providing your care.
  • Getting a yearly flu shot.
  • Who you should call if you need help before your next appointment.


Updated Jul 31, 2013