We use the information we gathered during the simulation appointment to carry out your treatment plan. During your series of treatments, you will see the care team at each visit and meet with your doctor each week to discuss the treatment progress and side effects.
Your first treatment
At your first visit following the simulation scan, you will have your first treatment. We will also schedule your remaining appointments.
- You will come back for your first treatment about 1 to 2 weeks after your simulation.
- This appointment is usually in the afternoon to allow time for our physicist to double-check your plan.
- The remaining sessions can be anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your therapist will work with you to find a time that fits your schedule.
1. Check in at the same place as you did for your simulation.
2. Verify your name and date of birth.
3. After check-in, please proceed to the patient-only waiting area.
4. Your radiation therapist will take you to the treatment room.
Here’s what you can expect during your radiation treatment session.
- It is important to try to relax and hold still during treatment.
- You can listen to music during your session.
- Your radiation therapists position you in your immobilization device.
- They use your tattoos or skin markings to align you properly in the machine.
- Before we start your treatment, your team verifies the target treatment area.
- Your team takes a few X-rays and compares them to the treatment plan.
- During treatment, a machine will move around you to deliver radiation from different angles.
- Nothing will touch you, and you will not feel anything.
- Audio and visual monitoring:
- During treatment, your radiation therapists can see, hear, and speak with you from outside the treatment room. Talk to them if you have a question.
Your remaining treatments
During your first appointment, your team will give you the schedule for the rest of your treatments:
- The radiation therapists will do the same procedures as they did during your first treatment.
- The exact length of time for each treatment may vary from day to day.
- Your radiation oncologist may order additional imaging to be done during some of your appointments.
Weekly visits with your doctor
Your radiation oncologist will meet with you once a week during your series of radiation treatment. This visit will take place at one of your scheduled treatment sessions and is called an on-treatment visit (OTV).
1. On the day of your OTV, your radiation therapist will take you to the nursing area after your radiation treatment.
2. A nurse will take your vital signs and weight.
3. You will meet with a nurse and your radiation oncologist to review your radiation treatment. We will help you manage any side effects you may have. If you have any problems or symptoms on another treatment day, you can ask the therapist to call the nurse or doctor to see you.
4. You may need labs done once or twice a week. If so, the nursing staff will remind you to have your lab work done a day before your OTV day.
Your final treatment
After your last radiation treatment, you will meet with a nurse to review your after-visit summary:
1. Speak with your nurse about how to care for yourself after your radiation treatment.
2. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your radiation oncologist
3. Make note of our contact information in case you have questions or need to change your follow-up appointment.
4. If appropriate, you will need to meet with your other cancer doctors such as the surgeon and the medical oncologist to determine if any further treatments like surgery and chemotherapy are needed