YOUR FIRST VISIT
Here’s what you can expect from your first visit to Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center:
To help us better serve you at your first appointment, you can access our patient forms online. Please print and complete them, and bring with you to your first appointment with us.
During your first visit, your doctor will sit down with you and any of your family members who wish to be present, in order to discuss the process of radiation therapy, along with potential side effects, other treatment options, and likely outcome scenarios. We will also review your medical history, existing medical problems, past surgical history, family health history, current medications, allergies, and lifestyle.
If you have any questions about treatment, don’t be afraid to ask at any time!. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, so you have all the information you need going into your treatment.
Simulation Treatment and Scans
After you’ve elected to move forward with radiation treatment, you will be scheduled for the next step called “Simulation”. During this process, we measure the patient’s body and place marks on the body to ensure accurate and effective treatment.
For the simulation, you will be placed on the table in the treatment room, in the exact position that you will be in during treatment. You will also receive some small marks or tattoos on your skin to allow for more precise targeting of the radiation.
Depending on your unique case, you may also need additional imaging taken with a Computed Tomography, commonly referred to as a CT Scan. This scan uses x-rays and a special software in order to create multi-dimensional images of your body. Our patients generally go next door to Central Peninsula Hospital for CT Scanning.
After the simulation and CT scan, all of the results will be reviewed in order to put together your individualized treatment plan.
As your first appointment comes to a close, we typically work with you to set up your first radiation treatment. This is usually within a few days of your first appointment, but varies case-by-case.
*Some content provided by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and/or Elekta Oncology.