Dr. Wollman shares how receiving radiation therapy may affect a woman's life.
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Radiation Therapy's Effect on a Woman's Life One of the great things about radiation therapy is there is almost no disruption to most people’s lives. Radiation therapy is completely non-invasive. It is generally delivered for a very short period of time, one appointment per day, maybe 5-10 minutes per day, from anywhere from two weeks to up to eight weeks as an outpatient. So there’s no knives, there’s no needles. Most patients have almost no side effects while they are going through radiation therapy. They generally feel extremely well. Most of my patients continue to do whatever jobs or playing that they usually do from day-to-day, and because it’s an outpatient treatment and most patients are coming in everyday they are enjoying being at home and the usual quality of life that they experience prior to getting radiation and that we’ll return them to after they have been getting radiation. I am always amazed by how high the quality of life most of my patients are experiencing while they are undergoing, you know, when they first think of it as cancer treatment and radiation scared them so much and then they find they can do what they usually do and enjoy their life while they are getting the treatment and that’s really nice to see.