Before your arrival, it is likely your case has been presented and discussed at Tumor Board. This is a multi-disciplined group of physicians (surgeons, medical & radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, social worker, etc.) who meet on a regular basis to discuss upcoming cases. As a group, they discuss what the best approach to treatment is for each patient who is presented to the board.
During your initial visit, the doctor will evaluate your need for radiation therapy and its likely results. This includes reviewing your current medical problems, past medical history, past surgical history, family history, medications, allergies, and lifestyle. The doctor will also perform a physical examination to assess the extent of your disease and judge your general physical condition.
After reviewing your medical tests, including CT scans, MR scans and positron emission tomography scans (PET scans) and completing a thorough examination, your radiation oncologist will fully discuss with you the potential benefits and risks, potential side effects, alternative treatment options and answer your questions. Plan about 1 hour for this first visit with us.
If treatment is recommended, you will be scheduled for a treatment planning session called Simulation. Your treatment cannot be given until after this planning session has been completed.