Radiation Oncology Treatment Process

The treatment process outlined here is for traditional radiation therapy. The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center offers many advanced types of radiation treatment for patients who may not be candidates for traditional radiation therapy. Ask your physician or nurse for more information.

Step 1 - Consultation

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The first step of the treatment process is a consultation, during which you will be interviewed and examined by a radiation oncologist, and in some cases, a resident (a physician who has graduated from medical school but is still in training) and/or a nurse practitioner. A nurse may assist in both the interview and exam. Family members may be asked to remain in the waiting area during the physical examination but are strongly encouraged to participate in the consultation visit with your approval.

You may be asked to bring reports from referring doctors, especially x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, nuclear medicine scans, operative notes and pathology reports pertaining to your diagnosis. Our staff will use this information to evaluate your medical condition and assess the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of your specific disease. An overall plan will be outlined, including potential benefits, side effects and opportunities, during the initial consultation. We will be available to answer your questions at any time before, during or after treatment.

After the initial consultation, our physicians may confer with your referring physician. If treatment is recommended and you agree to proceed, an appointment will be made for simulation. In some cases, additional diagnostic tests may be requested prior to your simulation.