Having treatment

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are explained in much more detail in the sections dedicated to them. Patient information leaflets can be found here.

This section provides you with an overview of timelines.

For those patients having radiotherapy, the planning process includes 3 appointments before starting treatment:

  • MRI scan
  • a visit to the mould room where a mask is prepared for treatment and a CT scan
  • an appointment with the doctor to explain treatment and gain your consent.

This process usually takes 2 to 4 weeks. For those patients receiving chemotherapy at this point, a blood test is done at one of the appointments and the chemotherapy tablets will be prescribed.

Patients receiving chemotherapy alone will attend an appointment at The Christie to have a blood test which is reviewed by the doctor before the chemotherapy is prescribed.

Last updated: March 2023