First Visit to Radiation Oncologist, What To Expect

In this video,  Dr. Lawenda talks to us about expectations that women should have during their first visit to the Radiation Oncologist.

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Brian D. Lawenda, M.D.: The first time you visit with a radiation oncologist, let me tell you about what to expect. You are going to come into my office and you are going to sit down, you are going to have about an hour long conversation into your cancer, the specific details of your history-your medical history.

We are going to talk to you about your stage of your cancer and what type of treatments that you are going to have after your surgery which is the most common time that we will be seeing patients is after surgery. We are going go into a whole description after we do a physical examination, review your chart, locate your pathology and discuss with you for probably about 30 minutes to 45 minutes of your encounter with us at your consultation about what the treatment options are in radiation treatment for you.

We will be talking to you about the technologies that we use. We will be talking to you about the regimen, or how many treatments that we will be giving you; what to expect each day during treatment; possible side effect you may have; potential complications that can come from treatment and what to expect in terms of the outcomes after treatment.

So about an hour long conversation and physical examination to really give you a general idea of what to expect as we get through treatment.

Dr. Brian D. Lawenda is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who has been in practice over six years. He currently practices as a member of 21st Century Oncology at locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV. Prior to joining 21st Century Oncology, Doctor Lawenda served as the clinical director of the Radiation Oncology department and the department head of the Breast Health Center, at at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Doctor Lawenda began his education at Temple University Medical School and after graduating with honors (AOA) he went on to a general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He later completed his residency and served as the Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute).

Doctor Lawenda was Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and a distinguished former Commander in the U.S. Navy.

His clinical interests are stereotactic body/brain radiosurgery (SBRT/SABR, SRS), breast cancer, benign and malignant brain tumors, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, prostate cancer and Integrative Oncology, an exciting new sub-specialty in the field of oncology centered on a holistic approach to cancer care and best evidence-based treatments

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