Instructions Before Your Radiation Therapy Appointment With Anesthesia

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This information explains how to get ready for your radiation therapy simulation or treatment if you’re getting anesthesia (medication to make you sleepy).

If your healthcare provider told you that you would receive anesthesia during your radiation therapy simulation or treatment, follow the instructions in this resource.

Arrange for Someone to Take you Home

You must have a responsible care partner take you home after your appointment. Make sure to plan this before the day of your appointment.

If you don’t have someone to take you home, call one of the agencies below. They will send someone to go home with you. There’s usually a charge for this service, and you will need to provide transportation.

Agencies in New York                                         Agencies in New Jersey
Partners in Care: 888-735-8913                                         Caring People: 877-227-4649
Caring People: 877-227-4649                                          
 
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Instructions for Eating and Drinking Before Your Appointment

12 ounces of water

  • Do not eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes hard candy and gum.
  • Between midnight and up until 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time, you may drink a total of 12 ounces of water (see figure).
  • Starting 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time, do not eat or drink anything. This includes water.
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