Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells by directing a high-energy beam to the cancer site with minimal harm to healthy cells. One of the most common treatments for cancer, radiation therapy is targeted and minimally invasive compared to surgery or chemotherapy. Often, radiation treatment is given concurrently or in combination with other forms of cancer treatment to maximize positive results.
Radiation does not affect cancer cells right away—it takes days or weeks of treatment before cancer cells deteriorate. Radiation continues to affect cancer cells after treatments are complete, and are given daily Monday-Friday for a period of time prescribed by your radiation oncologist.
If you are scheduled to receive radiation treatment at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, please consider the following:
• Your visit may last from 1-3 hours
• If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call 413-582-2107 to reschedule
• You are encouraged to bring a family member or a friend with you to your appointment
Please bring to your appointment:
• A legible list of current medications and their doses
• A completed Patient Health Assessment form (enclosed in your information packet)
• All insurance cards (if your insurance requires a referral, please contact your PCP with this appointment information)
• Please check with your insurance company regarding any co-pays your visit will require
For written directions to the Radiation Oncology Department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital or for more information about our providers, parking, financial assistance and a list of frequently asked questions about the treatment, you can download a printable PDF here.