The Patient Pathway

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 park on the upper level car park and walk across the link bridge to Auckland Radiation Oncology (ARO). Please report to the ARO reception desk.

The radiation therapy itself is non-invasive and painless, and should take only 10-15 minutes to deliver. Sometimes this can take longer if there is a complex set-up required as for those patients requiring treatment to the head and neck area. Please allow 30-60 minutes for each scheduled treatment visit.

To ensure dosage accuracy the treatment staff do final checks to verify how the machine is set up compared to your individual treatment plan. This may include a scan to check your positioning and internal anatomy. Furthermore, the accuracy of dosage calculation is independently verified for all treatment plans. This will be done by independent calculation checks or by treatment delivery to a measuring device.

Your specific treatment type will be explained to you by a radiation therapist (RT) on your first day of treatment.

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