Radiation Oncology

Your First Visit

Here's what you can expect during your first visit:

  • You will fill out paperwork i.e., review of systems, medical release forms, etc.
  • A radiation oncology nurse will meet with you to obtain and review your medical history, including any medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking before you see the physician.
  • Then, you will meet the radiation oncologist who will determine if radiation therapy is right for you based on your type of cancer and stage/extent of disease, as well as your symptoms and overall general health.
  • Your radiation oncologist may feel additional test are necessary before your final treatment plan can be developed.
  • 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.
  • A radiation therapist will schedule a subsequent appointment for CT simulation (radiation planning session). The radiation therapist or radiation oncology nurse will advise you of any preparation needed for you CT simulation appointment.
  • The CT simulation appointment is usually scheduled within a few days to week after your first visit.