Promoting Patient Knowledge and Awareness

Listed below are questions that BOI patients frequently have asked our doctors and our clinical staff. BOI strives to provide their patients with information regarding treatment and technology. With a greater understanding of treatment procedures, our patients enjoy reduced stress as they undergo therapy. To find more information on any of the topics below, explore our site, go to our resources section for more links to cancer information and contact us with your questions, so that we may better serve your needs. Every employee at BOI is a patient advocate and we will be happy to speak with you to schedule your consultation.

Treatment
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Does receiving radiation treatment hurt?
No. Radiation itself is painless

Will my whole body receive radiation?
No, only the part affected by the tumor or the part at significant risk for re-growth of tumor.

Does radiation treatment involve injections?
Only in certain situations

Will I be contagious?
No. However, If radiation is taken internally, then you may be radioactive yourself for a short period of time..

How long is each treatment session?
About 15 minutes.

How many treatments do I need?
It varies but it usually is between two to eight weeks.

How often do I receive treatments?
Usually treatments are daily.

Am I going to be cured?
That depends on the stage and type of the cancer. Speak to your doctor about this further.

How can I aid in the success of my own treatment?
Keep your appointments, do light exercise, eat properly, don't smoke or imbibe alcoholic beverages.

Cancer

Why or how did I get cancer?
A diet low in vegetables, smoking and drinking alcohol, lack of exercise
and potentially also genetics all contribute to being diagnosed with cancer.

How will I know my treatment is helping fight my cancer?
Follow-up physical examinations, blood tests, and imaging studies all help assess where you are at in your treatment progress.

How can I prevent cancer?
Only for certain cancers is there prevention available like removing the breasts. Otherwise we look for ways to reduce the risk of receiving cancer.

Here is a preliminary guide to Age appropriate cancer screening.
For more on cancer screenings and prevention please visit our resources page and click our link to the American Cancer Society.

Mammogram: A baseline mammogram between age 30-35, then yearly at age 40 and above;

Pap smear: yearly after starting sexual intercourse

PSA: every one to two years after age 40 depending on risk factors

Colonoscopy: start at age 40, then every two to five years depending on risk factors.

Insurance

What insurances do you accept?
Almost all please contact us to verify that we accept your insurance.

Medication

Can I continue with medications that I am currently taking during my treatment?
Many patients are able to continue other medications however, your
particular situation will be discussed and decided by your doctor.

Will I be taking any medication with the treatment?
Sometimes we will recommend medications depending on symptoms of side effects of radiation.

Who do I call to get a refill for my prescription?
The Dr. who prescribed your medication

Pain

Can I become addicted to the pain medication?
That is highly unlikely if pain meds are taken only for real pain; older persons are less susceptible to addiction.

Will my pain stop after radiationtreatments?
In some patient sit does, in others it decreases substantially; there is a small failure rate.

What happens if pain medication does notrelieve my pain?
Normally we will increase the dose. However, your doctor will investigate your situation further.

Do I take my medication even if I do not have pain?
Usually not, although it depends on the particular situation.

Doctors
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How many years of experience do the doctors at BOI have?
Most of our doctors have more than 25 years experience.

How often will I see the Dr?
Usually, you will be seen by the doctor once a week

Other

What is the average length of time employees have worked at BOI?
The average employee has worked at BOI for about 15 years. (5-25)

Do employees trust the Dr. to take care of themselves and their family?
Several of BOI’s employees have had their parents and other family members treated for cancer here.

 
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