How Long is Radiation Treatment?

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011

Question

How long does it take to get a radiation treatment?

Answer

Gary Freedman, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Penn , responds:

A daily radiation treatment will usually take about 5-10 minutes. There is more time needed to set up a patient into the treatment position, check and double check the patient alignment, take verification films on some days. The actual 'beam on' time is usually 5 minutes.

Most departments will assign patients a 15-minute window to have their daily treatment.

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