After you have been diagnosed with cancer, your physician will refer you to our center for evaluation and treatment. Our oncolgoy team will work very closely with you and your physician to help you through this journey. Our team is made up of the Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Physicist, Radiation Therapists and Patient Care Coordinators.Consultation
Your first visit to our center will be your consultation appointment. One of our Patient Care Coordinators will gather pertinent history from you before you meet with our Radiation Oncologist.
During the consultation, our physicians will evaluate if you are a candidate for radiation therapy. The specific type of radiation therapy will be determined by different factors, such as the type of cancer, state of disease, your physicial condition and other treatments you have received. Our physicians will discuss this information with you in more detail.Treatment Planning
If you are a candidate for radiation treatment, a CT scan will be obtained for treatment planning purposes. To gain more information about your disease, sometimes we may order other imaging studies such as PET/CT or MRI scan.
Our Radiation Oncologist and Physicist will plan your treatment with our advanced Varian Eclipse plannign computer system. The location of the tumor and the surrounding organs will be taken into consideration when the treatment course is designed.
After the planning is completed, our Radiation Therapist will schedule simulation session(s). The simulation is used to verify the treatment fields and plan. It is very important to double check the plan before the treatment starts. During simulation, x-rays will be taken on the Linear Accelerator.Radiation Treatment
After our Radiation Oncologist has approved your simulation films, your first treatment appointment will be scheduled. Our Radiation Therapist will give you a specific daily appointment time, and your therapy will be administered Monday thru Friday. With the state-of-the-art IGRT technology, we are able to locate the targeted tumor everyday prior to treatment. Any changes in tumor size, shape or position are taken into consideration to enhance treatment precision. Typically, each treatment takes only a few minutes, and you won’t feel anything during the process.Side Effects Management
You may experience some side effects during the course of your treatment. Both our Radiation Oncologists and your physician will discuss the potential side effects with you before your treatment. You will be seen once a week to evaluate your progress and side effects from the treatment. Appropriate medications and ointment will be prescribed for you.