Advanced Cancer Therapies

What to Expect

Consultation

In the initial consultation, your radiation oncologist will conduct a physical exam and ask questions about your general health and any side effects you are experiencing. Your radiation oncologist will help you understand your diagnosis, recommended treatment options, and potential side effects.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

bullet_arrow_sml Prior studies – Most of the time, our office can request these from your physician’s office. However, you may need to contact them to obtain the images. Please keep in mind it can take several days to receive these images.

bullet_arrow_sml New patient paperwork:

bullet_arrow_sml A list of current medications – If possible, it’s best to bring the actual bottle.

bullet_arrow_sml Insurance cards and driver’s license (or other photo identification).

bullet_arrow_sml A list of questions – You are encouraged to ask any and all questions during your appointment. We recommend writing down a list of questions to bring with you.

bullet_arrow_sml We also recommend bringing a trusted friend or family member. There is a lot of information to cover during this appointment and it may be helpful to have someone with you who can take notes.

Visualization

3D images are generated of the tumor. This helps the Radiation Oncologist to know the exact size, shape and location of the tumor so a customized treatment plan can be developed.

Planning

The Radiation Oncologist will work with the team to develop a specific treatment plan for you. With the help of sophisticated software, the doctor will develop a detailed treatment plan that will specify the correct dosage, where the radiation should be delivered and on what schedule.

Treatment

Most patients will undergo treatment 5 times per week for approximately 4-6 weeks. During this time, you’ll meet with your Radiation Oncologist every week to monitor progress and ask any questions you may have. Treatments will be modified if necessary.

Follow Up

During follow up appointments, our radiation oncologist will monitor your progress and any health changes. Follow up care is an extremely important component of cancer treatment because it aids in the prevention and detection of other potential cancers.