Before deciding if you would like to receive radiation therapy treatments, you must first meet with a radiation oncologist to help decide if radiation therapy is right for you.
During your consult, you will first meet with a nurse. The nurse will take you into an exam room to record your weight, vital signs, medications, and allergies.
Next you will meet with the doctors - typically a radiation oncology resident and radiation oncologist will meet with you. They will examine you and ask you questions. You may be asked about your current medical problems, past medical history, past surgical history, medications, and lifestyle.
Treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks of these options, will be discussed with you. If radiation therapy treatments are indicated, the doctors will talk to you about treatment plans. If you decide that radiation therapy is right for you, you will be scheduled for a planning CT scans and/or simulation.
Other staff members you may meet during your consult visit are: medical students, radiation therapy students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and research associates.