With the planning complete and the course of therapy determined, you will be treated on the linear accelerator. This machine uses high-energy photons or electrons to destroy the tumor with minimal effects on the area surrounding the tumor. You will lie on a procedure couch during your therapy, each treatment generally lasts only a couple of minutes. The course of treatment is usually given daily over a period of two to eight weeks.
Treatments are usually given each day of the week, Monday – Friday. In most cases, you will be treated at the same time every day. Occasionally, scheduling conflicts arise and your appointment time may have to be changed.