YOUR FIRST VISIT WITH US
Our team is committed to giving each patient the individualized attention that they need, so at your first visit with us at Northeastern Nevada Radiation Oncology Center, everything is focused around you.
Step 1: Consultation and Discovery
The first thing you will need to do is fill out your new patient forms. If you like, you may print and complete our patient forms before your appointment and bring them with you on your first visit to our office.
You and any family members that wish to join you will then meet with our radiation oncologist in order to discuss your need for radiation therapy, side effects, likely outcomes, and even other options if they apply. This includes reviewing your current medical problems, past medical history, past surgical history, family history, medications, allergies and lifestyle. If you have any questions about the treatment process or anything that want to ask your doctor, don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to have all of the information you need before entering the next steps.
Step 2: Simulation and Imaging
Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with radiation treatment, your doctor will schedule a simulation. The simulation process involves measuring the patient’s body and marking the skin to ensure that the radiation beams are directed precisely at the same target or targets for maximum effectiveness of the treatment.
For the simulation, your radiation therapist will position you on the table in the treatment room, where you will be receiving your future treatments. When you areyou positioned on the table, the therapist will mark the area or areas that will be treated either on your skin or on an immobilization device, which is simply a device that will keep you in place during treatment. Immobilization devices can include molds, casts, headrests, or other items. For the markings on your skin, your radiation therapist will use a set of small, permanent tattoos.
After simulation, your doctor may order an additional imaging test, known as a Computed Tomography, or CT Scan. Using x-rays and special computer
software, the CT Scan will create a multi-dimensional image of your body. Our patients generally go next door to Northeastern Nevada Regional
Hospital for CT Scanning.
Step 3: Treatment Planning and Scheduling
The next step is to review the results of the simulations and tests, and begin creating your personalized treatment plan. Your doctor will utilize an advanced treatment planning software to customize the position, dose, and frequency of the treatment based on your needs.
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.
*Some content provided by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and/or Elekta Oncology.