While here at Backus Hospital, you will be offered a variety of specialized services that we feel are important during your radiation treatment and recovery. This outlines the process , services and people dedicated to helping you and your family obtain the assistance you may need while receiving radiation therapy.
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.