Before you have any radiotherapy treatment your clinical oncologist and radiotherapy team will discuss the treatment options available to you. They will discuss any side effects of potential treatment and you can ask them any questions you may have.
Once you have made an informed choice about your treatment it is vital that we plan for your radiotherapy to ensure you receive the most targeted treatment. A specialised radiotherapy CT scanner is used to plan your treatment. Even if you have had a recent CT scan it will still be necessary for accurate radiotherapy planning to scan you in the exact position in which you will be treated. Depending on the type of treatment you are having there will usually be a period of 5-10 working days before your treatment commences. This is to allow for your treatment to be planned appropriately.
The planning CT procedure is similar to having a diagnostic CT scan. The radiographers will ensure you are lying straight on the CT couch and will position you in the same way you will be positioned for treatment every day. The scan itself is very quick, however we advise you to allow an hour for your appointment. The radiographers will take measurements and, with your permission, small permanent tattoo dots will be made on your skin by putting a pin prick of ink under the skin. This gives the radiographers an exact reference mark for setting up and delivering your treatment, ensuring accuracy on a daily basis.