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Patient Instructions

The treatment process is easy to endure

CT-SIMULATION

Once it’s been agreed to treat you with radiation, you will need to have a simulation study. Bowel habits will be evaluated by the Nursing staff to decide if a fiber or medication is required to ensure daily bowel movements.

One hour before your CT-simulation study, empty your bladder and rectum completely. Then immediately after that, drink 12oz of water.

Check in for your appointment 30 minutes before your scheduled time and immediately drink another 12oz of water while you wait. A mold will be made to stabilize your legs while you lie on the CT scanner. After your scan is complete, three tiny tattoo dots will be placed in the pelvic area.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CT SIMULATION AND DAILY TREATMENT:

  • Bowels should be empty daily
  • Empty bladder 1 hour prio to treatment
  • Immediately drink 12 oz of water.
  • Check in for your schedule time 30 minutes prior to your appointment and drink 12 oz more water quickly.
  • YOUR BLADDER MUST FEEL FULL PRIOR TO STARTING CT OR TREATMENT
 

TREATMENT

Expect to spend 1 – 1 ½ hours at the treatment center each treatment day. One hour before each treatment, empty your bladder and rectum completely. Then immediately after that, drink 12oz of water. Check in for your appointment 30 minutes before your scheduled time and immediately drink another 12oz of water while you wait. You'll be asked to lie on the tomotherapy treatment table.