What to Expect

Consultation, Evaluation and Treatment

When you arrive for your initial visit at Scripps Radiation Therapy Center, our staff will help you complete forms required for your first visit with your radiation oncologist, including a thorough medical history to help you and your doctor develop the best treatment plan for you.

A Computed Tomography (CT) scanner is used to map the body area to be treated.

Your first treatment session, usually 30–45 minutes, typically takes longer than the subsequent treatments because the team takes extra time to ensure the treatment planned during your CT simulation is exactly reproduced.

Daily radiation treatments

Radiation treatments are available five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes; a total radiation course lasts from one to eight weeks.

Regular tests and monitoring

Your physician will see you once a week during your course of radiation treatment. Please allow extra time for a longer appointment on these days.

Oncology nurses are available to help with day-to-day concerns. However, if it is determined that you should speak with a physician, we will make sure that one is made available for you.

Follow-up visits

After radiation therapy, you will have a follow-up appointment within one to three months. At that time your radiation oncologist will evaluate the tumor’s response to the radiation treatment and may request appropriate diagnostic tests.

Regular check-ups are coordinated among the cancer specialists who participate in your care, including surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. It is important that you keep your follow-up appointments after the therapy is completed, even if you are feeling fine.