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What happens before the consultation?

Your physician has been diligently preparing for your arrival. They consult with your other providers as well as complete a comprehensive review of your medical history including blood work, diagnostic imaging and pathology before you arrive. This enables your physician to provide you with the most complete set of options tailored to your unique situation.

What happens at the consultation?

Upon arrival you will be greeted by our patient care coordinators and asked to complete a health questionnaire, registration forms, and documentation pertaining to insurance and patient rights.

Before you meet with a radiation oncologist (a cancer doctor specializing in radiation treatment) the nurse will review the medical questionnaire with you and may ask additional questions about your medical history. The nurse will also get your weight and blood pressure before you meet with the radiation oncologist.

The radiation oncologist will review the details of your case with you and explain the ways in which radiation might be beneficial in your fight against cancer. You may be asked to change into a gown so the radiation oncologist can perform a physical examination.

You are encouraged to bring along any family member or supportive friends with you to your consultation.

What should I bring to the consultation?

  • Your current list of medications
  • Your identification
  • Your health insurance card if you have one
  • If you have a pacemaker, please bring a copy of your pacemaker ID card

If I’m going to have radiation treatments, what happens next?

If radiation has been chosen as your desired course of treatment, you will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form.

Before treatment can begin you will need to complete a treatment planning session referred to as a simulation. The details of this are explained in the following section.

If you or your family is interested in touring our facility prior to your starting radiation treatment, please contact one of our nurses.