Where will I have my treatment?
After deciding on the date for your admission, you will receive a letter asking you to come to ward 35 at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. You will be advised to arrive on the ward at 10am where you will be met by the ward clerk or one of the nursing staff and then be shown to the radioiodine treatment room.
Am I nursed in a special room?
Yes, you will usually be nursed in a room that has been specially adapted to care for patients receiving MIBG.
Why do I need to be nursed in a single room?
MIBG is a form of internal radiation therapy and once you receive your treatment special precautions must be taken. This is because your bodily fluids will contain the radioactive material and radiation, similar to x-rays, will be emitted from your body.
The levels of radioactivity in your body will decrease quickly over a period of days as most of the material is eliminated from the body in your urine. For a few days we care for you in a single room to reduce other people’s exposure to radiation.
Regulations state that members of the public should not receive radiation doses greater than one millisievert (1mSv) in any year as a result of medical exposure to others (Statutory Instrument 1999). To put these risks into context a person living in Newcastle is exposed to two millisieverts (2mSv) of background radiation a year.
What is in my room?
The room has the following facilities:
- An en-suite bathroom, which includes a toilet and walk-in shower.
Toiletries are provided including soap, shampoo, bath gel, toothpaste, toothbrush and shower cap. Disposable razors, sanitary items and top-up items are available on request.
Towels are also available but you may wish to bring your own. We are happy for you to use hospital towels as bath mats.
Please be careful not to splash urine outside the toilet basin. It is suggested that male patients sit down to urinate while in hospital.
While you are in hospital it is advisable to:
Have a shower each day.
Drink between two to three litres of fluid a day
Empty your bladder regularly e.g. every three to four hours.
Empty your bowels each day.
These measures will help to remove unwanted radioactive iodine from your body.
A small kitchen area. You may be asked to share your kitchen facilities with another patient, who is having the same or similar treatment.
You may be asked to share your kitchen facilities with another patient, who is having the same or similar treatment.
Meals will be delivered to your room. We ask that you dispose of any waste food using the waste disposal unit in the kitchen area and NOT in the rubbish bin, then rinse the crockery and cutlery before it is left for collection by the ward staff. There is a refrigerator in the kitchen area and you may wish to bring a supply of mineral water, squash or fruit. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available. We advise that you drink between two to three litres of fluid / day as this helps to flush any excess radioactive iodine out of your body, in your urine.
Patient line. At present this is not available in your room, but there is a large television with a good selection of channels, also a DVD player. Please feel free to bring your own DVDs from home.
Please feel free to bring a mobile telephone, but please check with the ward staff that it is ok to use it.
Loan equipment. A hairdryer and CD player are available for you to use while you are in hospital. Please feel free to bring your own CDs from home.