Frequently Asked Questions
What are the side effects of radiotherapy?
The side effects vary from patient to patient depending on were in your body the treatment will be delivered to. Your consultant and the radiotherapy team will discuss this with you during your visits.
Am I radioactive?
No, you are not radioactive. The radiation is only present when the machine is turned and is delivering the treatment.
Do I have to change my diet/stop smoking/drinking?
You should continue your normal diet while on treatment, we do not suggest you try to gain or lose any weight while on treatment as your treatment plan is designed for your body and any changes to your shape will alter this.
How go I get to Radiotherapy within the hospital?
The radiotherapy department is located on level -1. Please use the hospital lifts to get to the department.
What about appointment questions, times, scheduling?
Your appointments will be made for a time most preferable to you. We do try our best to make the times convenient for you but may not always be possible.
How do I know if I am covered by my insurance?
If you have any queries about you insurance coverage we will be happy to direct you to a member of the business office team that can help with this or you can contact them directly on 01 2938639
What do I wear/bring with me?
You do not need to wear any specific clothing, just wear what’s most comfortable for you.
Who can I bring with me?
We ask that you have a family member or friend accompany you as part of our falls prevention programme and to help remember any information or instructions you may be given.
How long does it take?
Your first visit can take from 1.5 hours – 2 hours. The remainder of your visits will be dependent on the type of treatment you will be getting.
If I am unwell late at night or at the weekend what can I do?
You can call the hospital and ask to speak to the nursing supervisor or contact your GP. If you feel very unwell please go to your local Emergency department.
Will it hurt?
You will not feel or see anything during your treatment. You will hear a buzzing sound from the machine.
What if I miss a treatment?
We urge you to attend for all your appointments. If you feel unwell we would recommend you still attend the Radiotherapy Department so we can have a doctor assess you.
Can I drive?
You can drive once you feel comfortable to do so and once your consultant does not advice you to do so.
What do I do if I have questions/concerns?
You can call the radiotherapy department and ask to talk to the coordinator on 01 293 6691.