Undergoing radiation therapy can be a challenging time for patients and their families, so we encourage you to learn as much as possible about the various types of treatments we offer and what you can expect during the treatment process.
Please also take the time to meet our exceptional staff who will gently guide you through each step of the process with compassion and kindness, making sure that you are always safe, informed and as comfortable as possible.
Simulation, Planning and Treatment
When you first come to the National Life Cancer Treatment Center you will receive an initial consultation and assessment of the benefits and appropriateness of radiation therapy for your particular type and stage of cancer. If your radiation oncologists decides that radiation treatments will be beneficial, this will set in motion the following steps:
- Simulation: First, a simulation will be scheduled in order to obtain all the necessary information to determine your placement during radiation and the amount and duraction of radiation. Learn more.
- Planning: The data gathered during the simulation process is thoroughly analyzed by our oncology team (oncologist, physicist and dosimetrist) in order to develop an accurate treatment plan. Learn more.
- Treatment: Once your course of treatment is determined, the actual radiation therapy process will begin. Learn more.
Radiation therapy can cause side effects by damaging normal, healthy cells near the cancer. For more information about side effects. click here.