You will see your doctor in the Radiation Oncology Center or in your primary clinic. An appointment will be made for a planning session (simulation). This visit includes seeing your doctor and setting up your treatment plan. Be prepared to spend one to three hours in the Radiation Oncology Center. You will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to your treatment.
Simulation is done to locate the exact area to be treated. The radiation therapist will move you into a position that will be the same during your actual treatments. During the simulation, the radiation therapist will take a CT scan of the area that needs to be in the treatment field. As the treatment progresses, the treatment area may change as directed by your doctor.