Treatment Process

When you are under the care of the staff at the Schwab Family Cancer Center, you can rest assured that the treatment process will be seamless and as stress-free as possible. Dr. Scott Watkins and his staff work as a team to carefully plan out each patient's radiation treatment plan. Below is a glance of what you could expect if you are facing radiation treatment.

Treatment Process

1. Patients are scheduled for a consultation with our Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Scott Watkins.

2. Prior to this appointment, patients are mailed a simple questionarre to fill out.

3. Patients are asked to bring the questionaire to their first appointment. The nurse will do a health assesment and check vitals etc. They will also go over the questionaire and give each patient a synopsis of what their treatments will be like, including side effects.

4. Dr. Watkins will meet with each patient during their first appointment. This usually lasts 1-2 hours (depending on diagnosis). If you have a lot of questions, please bring a list and Dr. Watkins will be sure to address any concerns.

5. If appropriate, you will be scheduled for a CT simulation and/or Pet/CT simulation, depending on diagnosis. CT simulation generally takes about 30 minutes. This CT is NOT diagnostic, it is used for treatment planning only.

7. During treatments, patients may be asked to wear a gown. They will then be taken to the linear accelerator, where they will be placed in the same exact position as they were in the CT simulation.

8. Films are taken the first day and usually twice a week to verify accuracy. Treatments usually take only 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Patients will be treated every weekday, Monday through Friday, for 6 to 8 weeks.

10. Dr. Watkins has a weekly visit with all of his patients currently under treatment. At the end of the treatments, Dr. Watkins will follow up with patients at different intervals for up to 5 years.