Radiation Treatment Consultation

Consulting with the radiation oncologist is the first step of treatment. During your consultation, the doctor will perform a physical examination and review your medical history and radiology scans. Your physician will explain the need for treatment and review different treatment options. Together, you will discuss the goals and side effects of treatment.

Radiation may be used as a standalone treatment, and often it is the only treatment needed. Radiation may also be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, or biological therapy. For example, doctors can use radiation before surgery to shrink a tumor, or after surgery to stop the growth of remaining cancer cells.