Your First Visit
During your first visit to the Radiation Oncology Department at The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, you will meet with the radiation oncologist to determine if radiation therapy is right for you. You should plan an hour and a half for this initial consultation.
Here's what you can expect during your first visit:
- A radiation oncology nurse will take an initial assessment before you see the physician to find out your type of cancer and stage/extent of disease, as well as your symptoms and overall general health.
- Then, you'll meet with the radiation oncologist who will determine if radiation therapy is right for you based on your initial assessment and a physical examination.
- Your radiation oncologist may feel additional tests are necessary before a final treatment plan can be developed.
Once it is determined that you are a candidate for treatment:
- Your radiation oncologist will explain the recommended radiation therapy, including the length of treatment and possible side effects.
- You will be given an opportunity to discuss your treatment plan and ask questions.
- Once you understand and agree to a course of treatment, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
- You will work with your radiation oncology nurse to schedule a subsequent appointment for a radiation planning session (simulation). The simulation appointment is usually scheduled within a few days of your first visit.