After your initial consult with the radiation oncologist, you will be scheduled for the treatment planning process. This involves taking images of the tumor area, marking and simulating the appropriate setup for treatment. A simulation procedure is scheduled to gather the data and information needed for the physician and his team to work up the appropriate treatment plan for your particular diagnosis. The length of time for this process depends on your specific diagnosis and how soon you need to start treatment. Generally the simulation and treatment planning process takes 3-5 working days. Once the best treatment plan is approved by your radiation oncologist, you will start your daily treatment.
Please try to arrive 30 minutes before your first appointment to fill out registration forms and provide us with your insurance cards. If you prefer you may go to www.roafw.com and complete the downloadable registration form and bring to your first appointment. For other appointments, please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Your physician will give you dietary instructions based on your specific course of treatment.
Your physician will give you instructions based on your specific course of treatment.
The time required for the treatment depends on the treatment plan for your type of cancer. The average time is generally 20 – 25 minutes from the time you arrive until you leave the center. However, some treatments may take a little longer. Your first treatment will take longer in order to review the set up with the physician prior to starting. You may ask your radiation therapist on the first day how long to expect your treatment to last.