After you’ve had your consultation and any additional tests you may need, you will be scheduled to come to the center for a computed tomography simulation (CT) scan. You can expect your appointment to take up to two hours, including preparation time. Your radiation therapist will also use this time to educate you about the treatment process.
Creating a personalized treatment plan
You may have had a CT scan in the past to diagnose your tumor or for another medical reason, but this particular CT scan is necessary to gather images of your tumor and normal tissue so your doctor can “see” the tumor and pinpoint its exact location, size and shape. This CT scan is also used to determine how you should be positioned everyday for treatment. Custom devices are made in order to create a reproducible, comfortable treatment position.
Your medical team will use the CT images to create a personalized treatment plan specifically for you. The treatment plan will contain important details including the exact dose of protons you need to target your tumor with precision.