Radiation therapy planning, also called a simulation session, is the first step in your radiation treatment. It is a practice run of your treatment without any radiation involved. At your appointment, our care team will review your personal medical history to determine the most appropriate way to treat you. This may take two to four hours and can involve multiple appointments.
A radiation therapist will collect you from the waiting room and may ask you to change into a gown before they take you into the simulation room. During this session, your care team will determine your radiation therapy treatment position. This will involve using a CT scanner, which identifies the exact location of your cancer and surrounding structures to localise the areas you are having treated. Extra equipment may be required to identify a specific position.
As this position needs to be accurately repeated throughout your treatment, you may require very small permanent and/or non-permanent marks to assist with this process. Any marks needed for your treatment will be fully explained during your planning session.