Will I be cured?
Your oncology physician will discuss details of your specific
illness that will affect the outcome of your individual
Will I lose my hair from radiation?
You only lose the hair in the area being treated.
You will not lose the hair on your head unless your head is the
area being treated.
Will I be sick?
No. Most people do not become sick or even
nauseated from radiation therapy treatments. A
person whose stomach area is being treated may experience some
nausea. This type of nausea is often prevented with medication.
Will I be radioactive to other people?
No. You can be near other people and they will
not be affected by your radiation treatments.
Can I eat and drink?
Yes. Eating and drinking will not interfere with
Can I have an alcoholic drink with dinner?
Having an alcoholic drink with dinner will not
affect your radiation treatments. Alcohol may conflict with
medications you may be taking, however, so please check with your
Will my treatment be painful?
No. The treatments do not cause pain. It's like
having a simple X-ray. You should not feel any discomfort during
How long will the treatment take?
More time is spent getting you prepared for the treatments than
receiving the actual treatments, which usually take less than
How safe are the machines?
There are many safety devices built into our
treatment machines. They are fully shielded so only the treated
area receives the prescribed dose of radiation. Daily machine
checks are performed by therapists and a member of the physics
team to ensure the machines are operating normally.
Will it burn?
No. Your skin may redden from radiation but this
will not occur for a few weeks. You will be instructed in skin
care throughout your treatments. Please follow these instructions
very carefully. Reddened skin usually goes away after treatment
Why do I feel so tired?
The treatments may make you feel tired after a
few weeks. This fatigue should improve within a month after the
completion of your radiation treatments. The change in your
routine and stress may also contribute to your being tired.
What if I have a problem at night or on weekends?
We are here for you. If you have an emergency
situation after the normal working hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
please call our answering service at (207) 621-9400. They will
contact your oncologist or the physician on call to assist you.
If you need immediate care, go directly to the nearest hospital
How am I charged for these services?
Patients seen in the Radiation Oncology
Department will receive two separate bills:
The hospital bill covers such things as use of
the rooms, machines and technical services. The hospital will
bill you periodically throughout your treatment. If you have
questions about the hospital portion of your bill, please call
(877) 255-4680 or (207) 872-4680.
You will also receive a bill periodically from
Radiation Oncology Associates for physician services throughout
your treatment. If you have questions about the physician
portion of your bill, please call (800) 287-6034.
Insurance co-payments are due at the time of your
Your insurance coverage will determine your co-payment amount. We
will submit your bill to both primary and secondary insurances.
If you have managed care insurance coverage, you will need a
referral and authorization from your primary care physician
before starting your consultation or treatments.
If you do not have insurance, case managers and
social workers can help you apply for any available financial
Patients may qualify for MaineCare or MaineGeneral's
uncompensated care services program.
CarePartners program may also be able to help.