Pre-Treatment

This is where the preparation for your treatment begins.

Steps may include:

  • Planning session / CT scan
  • A customized mold
  • Markings
  • Scheduling

Before the start of radiation treatments, you will need to have a “planning session.” Generally, this session entails a planning CT scan. Although you may have had several CT scans, this scan is done for radiation therapy planning purposes only. Your radiation oncologist will customize a treatment plan specific to you.

The planning CT scan will generally last about one hour. During this session, the radiation therapist may create a custom mold - a painless procedure that will take just minutes. Markings may be placed on your skin, around the area of your radiation therapy treatment.

You may receive permanent markings, also known as tattoos. This will be done with some ink and a needle, and all you will feel is a tiny pinprick. The radiation therapist will also take photos for documentation.

Once your CT scan is completed, our staff will assist you in scheduling a convenient time for your upcoming treatments.

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