You will need a medical referral to a Radiation Oncologist to have a course of radiation therapy treatment. Patients can be referred through cancer category specific multidisciplinary clinics or directly to a radiation oncologist with a subsite specialisation in your cancer.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your clinic appointment to have your details registered and updated. Please remember to bring your referral letter, a list of all your medications and any relevant:
Imaging studies: X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, PET scans or bone scans
Blood and histopathology results
The medical team will formally assess you taking a medical history and performing a physical examination. They will review any pathology results and scans you have brought with you. The Radiation Oncologist will discuss the rationale of radiotherapy in your case and the potential side-effects of such a course of treatment. They will discuss any preparations you need to make before each daily treatment. If there are any clinical trials you are eligible for you will receive information regarding these to consider. They will complete the paperwork necessary for the planning appointment and may ask you to do further medical investigations and/or see another specialist or allied health staff member (eg. Dietitian, Speech Pathologist, Lymphoedema Physiotherapist, Psychologist) who will necessarily be involved in your care.