American Cancer

What Happens Before, During and After Treatment

Once the diagnosis has been made, you will probably talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists, such as a surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist, to discuss your treatment choices. These specialists will work together to help recommend the best treatment for you.

Meeting With a Radiation Oncologist

If you are considering radiation therapy, you must first meet with a radiation oncologist to see if radiation therapy is right for you. During your first visit, your doctor will evaluate your need for radiation therapy and its likely results.

External Beam Radiation Therapy Treatments

When you undergo external beam radiation therapy treatment, each session is painless, just like getting an X-ray. The radiation is directed at your tumor from a machine located away from your body (usually using technology called a linear accelerator). External beam radiation is noninvasive, unlike surgery which is an invasive process.

  • Preparation for your first visit:
  • Is radiation treatment painful and how many visits needed?
  • Can I drive and work while receiving radiation treatment?
  • Will I be radioactive and danger to my family?
  • What staff will I meet regarding my treatment?
  • How can I make sure proper dose is being given?


The choice of healthcare providers is a deeply personal and important choice when you are having cancer radiation treatment. Ideally, most patients want experienced medical professionals, the latest radiation treatment technologies, and a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The staff of American Cancer Center is dedicated to providing the highest standard of quality care for our patients.
– Anonymous –
Our patients praise American Cancer Center for our cutting edge radiation treatment for head and neck cancer and other cancer radiation treatment. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and the latest advances in radiation treatment to provide our patients with the most effective treatment options for the individual and the type of cancer being treated.
– Lynn I. –
In addition to our use of the latest technologies, we are often complimented for the quality of care delivered by our radiation oncologist, radiation therapists, and our office staff. Everyone in our office is committed to providing outstanding patient care and the personal attention you need at this difficult time in your life. We work with you to accommodate your schedule and health needs, so you receive your treatments according to schedule.
– Nelly A. –
Several of our patients have written testimonials describing their experiences during radiation head and neck and other cancer radiation treatments. Please take a moment to read some of the testimonials on this page to learn more about the experiences of other patients and the quality care they have enjoyed at American Cancer Center.
– Robert B. –
American Cancer