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Background: Radiation Oncology is an invasive invisible process often given during a time that both patients and their families feel considerable burden. The acute phase of treatment after diagnosis is a time of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. The psychological impacts of this fear and anxiety reduce patient's ability to take in all of the information they are given. Families are often active participants in supporting patients as a second set of eyes and ears. There are no national or organizational guidelines on family presence during radiation treatment. Coborn Cancer Center's practice is not consistent but generally included family waiting in the reception area.
radiation, oncology, therapy
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