Our radiation therapists will schedule a time for your daily treatments. Proton treatments are usually given once daily, five days a week. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. We know how valuable your time is and will do our best to be on schedule. However, on occasion, emergencies or technical problems cause a delay. We appreciate your understanding and will do our best to keep you informed should a delay occur. Daily treatments typically take about 30 minutes. The great majority
of that time is spent adjusting your position for treatment, getting images to make sure the beam goes to the exact right spot in your body. The time it takes to deliver the proton radiation is usually only three to five minutes.
During your course of proton therapy treatment, you will see your radiation oncologist every week. These visits will take place before or after one of your daily treatments on your scheduled day. During these visits, your radiation oncologist evaluates you for side effects of treatment and addresses any medical issues or questions that you may have. On-treatment visits usually last about 15 minutes. If at any time during your treatment you have questions, a doctor is always available for consultation.
Though most patients receive proton treatments five days per week, there are times when treatment is interrupted and fewer treatments are given. In some cases, a break in the treatment schedule may be necessary due to side effects that come up during treatment. At other times, the proton equipment may require maintenance. The proton center is closed on a few holidays. We will do our best to minimize any treatment breaks.