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The Dr. Sultan Ahamed Radiation Therapy Center

When you arrive:

You will meet with our secretarial staff to complete your registration and sign consent forms. Please be aware that our Center is equipped with hearing devices that may be used during your visit should you or members of your family have difficulty hearing. Additionally, our Center staff will arrange for language and sign interpreters to assist in communicating, if necessary.

After the registration is completed you will be shown to the American Cancer Society (ACS) resource area. In this area you will be able to meet with an ACS volunteer who can assist you and your family in obtaining information on your disease. The volunteers will also inform you about support groups provided by the ACS. An ACS computer is also available to help you get the information you need. Refreshments are available to you at the nourishment center.

Within a short time, a nurse will greet you and escort you to a consultation room to begin the interview process. You will be asked many questions regarding your medical history, medications and current health. Please feel free to have your family and friends with you.

When the nursing interview is completed, you will meet with your doctor. He/she will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options.

Preparing for Treatment:

In preparation for planning the delivery of your treatment, you will have x-rays taken on the Simulator.

The physics staff, the radiation therapist, and your physician will prepare a treatment plan that is specialized for your cancer. At the completion of your simulation, you will be given an appointment to start your radiation treatments.

The radiation therapist will work with you to schedule your daily treatments. Our staff will do their best to accommodate your needs.

While you are receiving your radiation treatment, you will see your physician and nurse once a week to monitor your progress. The nurse and your therapist are available on a daily basis to answer any questions and to help you with any issues you may have. Please call if you have any questions about your treatment or medication, or about how you feel.

Scope of Services:

Secretarial Staff: The Radiation Therapy Secretaries are the first to greet you in the Radiation Therapy Center. They gather and coordinate all required information and x-rays which are necessary for your consultation. They will interview you on your first appointment to review all the information they have received, and assure its accuracy. The secretaries will also help you with any of your insurance needs.

Radiation Oncology Physician: The Radiation Oncology Physician will see you at your first consultation visit and will work with your referring physician and the Radiation staff to prescribe the best course of treatment. He/she is responsible for managing your care and will meet with you on a regular basis during your treatment.

Radiation Therapy Nurses: The Radiation Therapy Nurses will see you on admission. They will meet with you weekly or as needed during your course of treatment. They will provide you and your family with information related to your therapy. The Radiation Therapy Nurses will also discuss treatment side effects and skin care. In addition, they will provide you with information on other available educational sessions that are free of charge to all of our patients.

Radiation Therapist: The Radiation Therapist will see you every day during your course of treatment. The Radiation Therapist will work with your doctor and the Medical Dosimetrist to mark the area of your body that needs treatment. The Radiation Therapist will also deliver your daily treatments under your doctor’s orders. While treating you, he/she will verify all your treatment information and maintain your daily treatment records. In addition, the Radiation Therapist will take films, monitor your progress, weight and blood counts. All of our Radiation Therapists are nationally registered and licensed by the State of Connecticut.

Medical Physicist: The Physicist calculates and measures the radiation beams of all machines that are used to deliver the radiation therapy treatments. He/she also monitors the quality control information to assure the accuracy of your treatment dosage.

Medical Dosimetrist: The Medical Dosimetrist is responsible for developing a treatment plan that will deliver the prescribed dose of radiation to a localized area of your body, while limiting radiation doses to other areas.

Social Services: The Department of Social Services is available to you, your family/significant others to help you deal with issues that may occur while you are receiving cancer treatment. The Social Services staff member can provide you with information about transportation, financial needs and community resources. They also offer emotional support and counseling to help you deal with issues such as lifestyle changes, emotions and stress management. If needed, they will also assist in arranging for nursing home transfers. Phone (860) 889-8331, ext. 4241.

Registered Dietitian: The Registered Dietitian may provide an initial evaluation and nutritional assessment to determine your special needs while you undergo your cancer treatment. Your individualized nutrition plan of care will be based upon your clinical condition. Your plan may include:

Eating hints for managing side effects

A special diet

Special food/supplements for weight maintenance

The Registered Dietitian will follow you as needed to assure that you receive the support and education you need throughout your therapy.

Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy: This Department consists of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. Each area is available to assist you in reaching the maximum level of independence during your cancer treatment. Some types of cancer therapy can cause limitations with walking, exercise and daily activities. Services offered are exercise, gait training, energy conservation, speech therapy and wound care. Staff will also provide information about equipment that may be needed for your recovery. There are also specialized programs for mastectomy patients and for managing lymphedema.

Clergy: There may be times when you want to address your spiritual needs. We would be pleased to contact our clergy staff on your behalf, or you may call them on your own at (860) 889-8331, ext. 2298. Meetings in a private environment can be arranged.

Genetic Counseling: Your physician may refer you to a genetics counselor if he/she feels that your cancer is linked to your family’s genetics. We will arrange for a genetics counselor to come to Backus Hospital to meet with you at your convenience.

Financial Counseling: Our financial counselors from Patient Accounts will meet with you if you have any concerns or financial issues regarding your billing. Phone (860) 889-8331, ext. 2314.