During treatment

Your Radiation Oncologist will be in contact with you throughout your treatment.

When you choose to come to Auckland Radiation Oncology, you will be treated in a calm, discreet and modern environment designed to support a personal approach to your care. Every member of our staff recognises each patient as an individual, with special needs and concerns, and does their utmost to make your treatment as problem free as possible. We respect and value your privacy throughout your treatment journey at ARO.

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A course of radiotherapy aimed at treating cancer usually lasts between 1 to 6 weeks but may be longer than this. Your doctor will tell you how long your treatment will take.

While receiving radiation therapy, most people maintain their usual lifestyle at home or at work and continue to enjoy recreational activities with family and friends. However, it is normal for most patients to feel tired so it’s best to plan your days to allow for rest when you need it. Staying as healthy as possible will also help - drink enough water, maintain a well-balanced diet and continue with your usual level of physical activity. Walking for 30 minutes three times a week will help you manage your fatigue, however, it is important that you do not over exert yourself.

You will find that your skin is particularly affected by treatment, so following the skincare instructions is important.

More information on self-care will be given to you during the first week of your treatment. If at any time you feel you need more advice, please ask any member of your treatment team.

Your treatment schedule

When we schedule your appointments will depend on your treatment plan. We try to give you appointments for the same time each day, so you can get into a routine. This doesn’t have to be set in stone though - let us know.  We’ll make every effort, within reason, to make them as convenient as possible for you.