YOUR FIRST VISIT
WHAT TO EXPECT
For your first (and every!) visit to Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, our focus is on you and how we can provide you the best treatment and care. Below are a few things that you can expect during your first appointment with us.
To help us better serve you at your first appointment, you may print and complete our patient forms and bring them with you on your first visit to our office. You will need a “Notice Of Privacy Practices” form, and a “Patient History” form.
During your first visit, Dr. Huang will meet with you, and any family members who would like to be present, to discuss your radiation therapy treatment plan, along with the potential outcomes. This includes reviewing your current medical problems, past medical history, past surgical history, family history, medications, allergies and lifestyle. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us! We will make sure you have all of the information you need.
Once the decision has been made to move forward with radiation treatment, you will be scheduled for simulation. Simulation is the process of measuring the patient’s body and marking the skin to ensure that the radiation beams are directed precisely at the same target or targets at each treatment for maximum effectiveness.
During simulation, Dr. Huang and your radiation therapist will accompany you to the treatment room, and help place you on the table in the exact position you will be in during the actual treatment. Your radiation therapist will then carefully mark the area to be treated directly on your skin and/or on a special device, known as an “immobilization device”. Immobilization devices are designed to help you to remain in the same position during each treatment, to ensure proper exposure to the treatment area. Some examples of immobilization devices include molds, casts, headrests, or other items. Your radiation therapist will mark your skin or the devices with a set of small, permanent tattoos.
You may need to have an additional imaging test called a Computed Tomography or CT Scan. This special type of scan uses x-rays and special computer software to create a multi-dimensional picture of your body. Our patients generally travel to Bartlett Hospital (about a block away) for CT Scanning.
Once you have completed the CT scan and the simulation process, Dr. Huang will review all of the images and information and will develop the best possible treatment plan for you. The treatment plan is created using advanced treatment planning software, which calculates the position, dose and frequency of the treatment for the highest amount of precision possible.
Before you leave our office, we will set up your appointment for your first radiation treatment. In most cases, you will start treatment within a few days of your first appointment.
CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS
If you have any questions or concerns about your first visit with us here at Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, just contact us and one of our staff members will be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you with all of the information you may need.
*Some content provided by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and/or Elekta Oncology.