On your first visit you will have a consultation appointment with the radiation oncologist. The doctor will take your medical history, examine you and discuss your treatment options. The doctor will review all of your diagnostic studies and will have all the necessary information from your other physicians. If both you and the radiation oncologist agree that radiation oncology is best for you, the next step is planning your treatment course.
The CT simulation will be performed by a radiation therapist under the direction of your physician. After the therapist determines the best treatment position for your care, special devices are created to help you hold still during your treatments.
While you are in the position for treatment, a computed tomography scan will be performed. These images are sent to our treatment planning system where the doctor can identify and outline the areas to be treated and structures to be avoided. Allow about an hour for your CT simulation process. This procedure is painless.
Designing the Treatment Plan
After your planning session, your treatment plan is designed according to the doctor's instructions. It is during this process that the doctor, physicist and dosimetrists determine which technique is best for your treatments.
The plan is then triple-checked by our team of physicists and therapists. Once the plan has been approved and signed by the physician, you are ready for your first treatment session.
The treatments usually start 7 days or less after the CT simulation. Most patients will be treated every day, Monday through Friday for a 15 - 20 minute appointment. However, some patients will have different treatment schedules based on what modality the physician decides to use.