Your initial consultation will require some preparation on your part. You will need to bring any medical records or imaging studies (x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans); if possible it's best to receive records from other hospitals before your visit if possible.
If you are considering radiation therapy, you must first meet with a radiation oncologist to see if radiation therapy is right for you. During your first visit, you will meet with a nurse and your doctor, who will review the specifics of your medical needs to determine whether radiation treatment plays any role in your care. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and spend time discussing with you and your family whether radiation treatment may be helpful.
If your doctor recommends radiation treatment, be sure that he or she has discussed the risks and benefits of treatment and has answered your questions. Should you decide to go ahead with radiation treatment, then we will work to schedule the simulation to begin the planning process.
Sometimes it's difficult to think of all your questions at that first meeting, but you can discuss your care with your doctor and treatment team at any time throughout the planning and treatment process.