Once the preparatory work is finished, the routine therapy phase begins. Depending on the therapy concept and objective, the radiotherapy treatment is carried out between 10 and 40 times. Generally, one treatment per day is carried out on workdays from Monday to Friday. It is possible, however, that treatment is not carried out every day, or it may even be performed twice a day.
The first session
The first session is more time-consuming than the subsequent treatment, as all the details must once again be thoroughly checked. When the patient is lying on their individual positioning aid, the specially trained radiology assistants (MTRAs) and the physicist check the accuracy of the equipment settings. The physicist will only give the go-ahead once everything has been correctly adjusted. Thanks to the very latest systems used in the Hirslanden clinics, the patient can be sure that they will be treated with millimetre precision.
The various fields are then adjusted. During the first radiotherapy treatment another control image is taken for comparison with the image from which the calculations were made. Once again, the treatment will only be carried out once everything corresponds precisely. As a result of all these checks and controls, the initial treatment takes somewhat longer. Normally, this first session takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
Organising further appointments
After the first treatment, the following treatment program will be discussed with a member of the MTRA team and appointments will be made for the subsequent sessions. From the second treatment onwards, the sessions will follow a set routine. But here too, we are uncompromising in terms of quality. So before each radiotherapy treatment, the correct positioning will be checked and treatment will only begin once everything is absolutely perfect. From the second treatment onwards, treatment will only take around 15 minutes per day.
Should the patient have any questions, or if they experience any symptoms, the attending doctor will be happy to discuss these with them. Patients should contact the MTRAs or reception staff, who will immediately call the attending doctor. The doctor will then take time to discuss personally any concerns the patient may have.