Your Treatment

Your Treatment Plan

Your next scheduled appointment is typically for a CT simulation to help develop your treatment plan.

During the CT simulation, the radiation oncologist works with a radiation therapist and a dosimetrist to obtain a 3-D view of the area to be treated and precisely identify the cancer target. Using the data from the CT simulation, the radiation oncologist works in conjunction with a physicist and a dosimetrist to devise a 3-D treatment or IMRT plan that delivers the maximum dose to the cancer target while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.

Things to know about your simulation and treatment planning appointment:

  • Simulations are scheduled for one hour but may take more or less time depending on the complexity of the treatment setup.
  • You may be asked to drink a liquid contrast prior to the scan or be given an intravenous (IV) contrast during the scan. The contrast will aid the radiation oncologist in pinpointing the target on your scan.
  • The areas to receive radiation may be marked with a semi-permanent magic marker and should not be washed away until you are instructed to do so. You may also be marked by permanent tattoos the size of a small mole for set up purposes.

Once your plan is approved by your radiation oncologist, you will be contacted within 7-10 business days to return for the second planning session. Treatment will begin within days of the second planning session.


LANHAM

Professional Office Bldg
8116 Good Luck Road, Suite 005
Lanham, MD 20706
tel. 240-542-3060
(office entrance is directly inside the main lobby)

BOWIE

4901 Tesla Dr., Suite A
Bowie, MD 20715
tel. 301-805-6860

Doctors Regional Cancer Center is a joint venture of Doctors Community Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital and Adventist Healthcare.