If radiation therapy is part of your cancer treatment plan, you may wonder how quickly the radiation will kill cancer cells and when you will be able to “see” results.
Though this eagerness is normal, it is important to remember that cancer is a silent disease. Rarely is it something you can visualize with the naked eye.
That being said, only tumor marker tests, blood tests, and imaging scans can determine if your radiation treatment is working.
Your SERO provider will use these tools throughout your treatment to monitor your progress. If your cancer does not respond to radiation, they may introduce an additional therapy (adjuvant therapy) or a different treatment altogether (second-line treatment).
Keep reading to learn about how to determine if your radiation treatment is working.