Frequently asked questions

FAQ Main Category Patients and Family

1 Do I need to be admitted to hospital?
Most patients who receive radiotherapy, visit us as outpatients, so they do not need to be admitted to hospital.
2 Will I be alone during the radiation session?
The radiotherapy lab technicians will accompany you in order to configure the radiation machine and make sure you are in the right position on the radiation table. The lab technicians will leave the room before the radiation is started, but you will be able to see them on a television screen. There is also an intercom in the radiation room, so you can communicate with the radiotherapy lab technician. After the session is over, the radiotherapy lab technicians will collect you again.
3 Will I become radioactive as a result of the radiation?
No, you will not become radioactive during or after radiotherapy. The radiation is not stored in the body.
4 Is the radiation contagious?
No, the radiation is not contagious
5 Does radiotherapy hurt?
No, you cannot feel, see or smell the radiation. You will only hear the humming sound of the radiation machine.
6 Is it possible to receive an overdose of radiation?
Your radiation dose is always checked by several people. The radiation machines are also regularly checked by technicians. The machines are programmed to automatically stop as soon as the dose calculated for you has been administered. The lab technicians also check this during each radiation session.
7 Will radiotherapy influence my daily life?
Depending on your general condition, the intensity of the radiation, and possible side-effects, the treatment may influence your daily life. The frequent visits to our institute will also influence your daily routine. You are the one who can judge what you can and cannot do.

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8 Can I eat and drink normally?
In general, you do not need to change your eating habits. Patients who are receiving radiotherapy in the head-neck area, in the oesophagus or the lower abdominal region, always get nutritional advice from a dietician. Also, if you do not belong to the above patient group, you may be referred to a dietician if you develop nutritional problems. 

For more information about your lifestyle during radiotherapy, visit this link.
9 How do I reach MAASTRO Clinic?
MAASTRO Clinic can be reached easily by car and by public transport. Click this link for more information.
10 I want to make, change, or cancel an appointment
To make a new appointment, or to change or cancel an existing appointment, please call the appointment desk at MAASTRO Clinic: 

Telephone: +31 (0)88 - 44 55 600
Opening times: 08.00–17.00 (work days)

Please notify us as soon as possible if you were admitted to hospital or required nursing care at a different address from your home address.
11 I would like more information about my treatment
We have collected as much information as possible about your treatment. Click here for more information.
12 I would like more information about my condition
You can find basic information about what cancer is here. 
This link also contains useful addresses and links under the heading ‘useful information’.
13 I am worried about something, who can help me?
Reasons to notify a doctor:

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact your GP or your radiotherapist-oncologist immediately:   

  • fever of more than 39ºC 
  • shivering
  • a new decreased feeling, decreased strenght, or tingling in your arms or legs 
  • persistent nose bleeds (more than 30 minutes) 
  • development of sores, not caused by falling or hurting yourself •  persistent bleeding of a small wound (more than 30 minutes)   

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact your GP or your radiotherapist-oncologist after 1 or 2 days:   

  • frequent vomiting 
  • persistent diarrhoea
  • constipation 
  • sudden rashes 
  • change in pain (increase or a new location)

If you want to speak to your attendin doctor, you can contact the appointment desk:

Telephone: +31 (0)88 - 44 55 600
Opening times: 08:00 to 17:00 hrs

You can contact the doctor on duty outside office hours through our central number: +31 (0)88 - 44 55 666.
14 How can I make a complaint?
For this you can contact the Patient Care Complaints Committee MAASTRO clinic. If you click here, you will be redirected to the information about the Complaints Committee.

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