At Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology, we walk with you through each step of your cancer treatment journey. Our physicians and staff are here to answer your questions, help you feel comfortable, and let you know what’s next.
Cancer treatment can be scary. Our goal is to walk with you through it.
We start with an initial consultation, either from a reference from your primary care physician or by you calling our team to schedule a second opinion. At that appointment, we’ll review any information we have with you and talk about what your next options are. Once you and your physician jointly decide on a path forward, we’ll walk you through each of the next steps.
An Overview of How Cancer Treatment Works at TBRO
Cancer treatment can seem complex and scary and at TBRO, it’s our goal to make the process as straightforward for you as possible. We’re always here for any questions you have, to take the time to make sure you understand your treatment plan.
You’ll have an initial meeting with your TBRO physician to discuss the test results that brought you to TBRO.
First Day of Treatment
Soon after your CT Simulation appointment, you’ll be scheduled for your first day of radiation treatment.
At least once a week, your TBRO physician will see you at your regularly-scheduled treatment appointment to check on your progress.
What to Expect from Your Initial Consultation
- your current medical problems,
- past medical history,
- past surgical history,
- family history,
- allergies and lifestyle
The doctor will also perform a physical examination to assess the extent of your disease and judge your general physical condition.
After reviewing your medical tests, including CT scans, MRI scans and Positron Emission Tomography scans (PET/CT scans), and completing a thorough examination, your radiation oncologist will fully discuss with you the potential benefits and risks of radiation therapy and answer your questions.
What should you do before the consultation?
- If you have films of current diagnostics, lab results, reports available , please bring them with you
- If you do not have your health information available, please confirm with us upon appointment where we may retrieve the information we need for our physicians to review your case history
Need more info? Check out our most frequently asked questions.
How soon can I schedule an appointment?
We have appointments available this week, and can likely schedule your initial consultation within 24-48 hours of you calling our office. We understand cancer is something that requires urgency – and we’re here to meet that urgency.
How many appointments will there be?
The total number of appointments you’ll have depends on the treatment path you and your doctor decide on. This is something you’ll discuss in-depth at your initial consultation.
Is radiation painful?
Radiation is painless and touchless, but as the radiation builds up in your body through treatment, there can be local side effects in the area being treatment. Radiation side effects are much more isolated than treatments like chemo, but they are specific to the area being treated. For more details about what to expect with side effects, talk to your radiation oncologist.
How close are you to my house?
With convenient locations around Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology has options for radiation treatment that are likely to be near you. Which location you go to will depend on the treatment plan you develop with your doctor.
Let's treat your cancer - together.
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