Understanding Your Treatment
The usual pathway for patients receiving radiation therapy has seven steps. This section covers the seven steps and what to expect before, during and after treatment.
Each patient will receive their own copy of 'My Treatment Book' which contains important information specific to your treatment such as who will be taking care of you, what possible side effects may occur and how to manage these. Please bring this booklet with you during your treatment with ARO, including appointments with your radiation oncologist, treatment visits and other appointments at ARO. Note pages are at the back of your booklet so you can write special instructions, or raise any questions or concerns you may have during your treatment at ARO.
The Patient Pathway
1. First Specialist Appointment
At the first specialist appointment you will meet with your specialist radiation oncologist (RO) to discuss the proposed radiotherapy treatment approach and answer any questions and concerns you may have.
At the treatment planning appointment a patient care specialist (nurse or radiation therapist) will explain the procedures in more detail and answer any concerns that you might have about ARO or your treatment.
During the days following your orientation and treatment planning appointment our team of experts (physicists, radiation therapist planners and your radiation oncologist) work together to develop the ideal treatment plan for you. This involves a highly sophisticated planning software system and review process to guarantee safe and effective delivery of treatment. Depending on the site and complexity of the treatment, this stage can take up to two weeks.
4. First Day of Treatment
You’ll need to arrive 10-15 minutes before your allocated treatment time so that we can greet you and to give you time to get changed for your treatment.
If you are driving, we recommend you enter Gate 3, 98 Mountain Road and drive up the ramp to the mid level car park. Please walk across the link bridge to Auckland Radiation Oncology (ARO). Please report to the ARO reception desk. See location and parking for more information.
5. During Treatment
Weekly reviews with your radiation oncologist or one of our patient care team will be conducted to monitor any side effects and provide on-going support and advice as required.
6. Last Week of Treatment
An appointment will be scheduled for you to meet with a member of our patient care team to ensure appropriate care is organised after your last treatment visit. This may include regular monitoring of blood results, appointments for dressings and management of side effects.
7. Following Treatment
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