Your first appointment will be in-person or a virtual visit. We will let you know if your visit will be in-person or virtual when your appointment is made.
If your visit is in-person, to keep everyone safe COVID-19 screening questions are sent to you through MyHealth. Your answers help us know if you were exposed to COVID-19. We encourage all patients to complete this survey in MyHealth. Doing so helps make your check-in faster.
If you cannot complete the MyHealth screening questions, a member of your care team will call you 1 to 2 days before your visit.
You still need to answer COVID-19 screening questions when you enter a Stanford Health Care building.
You will also be given a mask to wear.
You may feel a little nervous about meeting with your radiation oncologist for the first time, but knowing what you’ll discuss can help prepare you for your appointment.
During your visit it’s very important to tell the radiation oncologist and care team about:
You and your doctor will:
Discuss treatment options, including whether or not external beam radiation treatment is recommended.
Discuss treatment options, including whether or not external beam radiation treatment is recommended, number of treatments and possible side effects.
Go over your health information and history with your doctor.
Set up your next appointment for a planning visit or simulation scan in preparation for your radiation treatment, if appropriate.
Learn more about Stanford Health Care’s Interpreter Services if you would like to use a free interpreter (in your preferred language). This service is available for your first visit or any future appointments.
Attend the free Radiation Therapy Experience Class (an in-person, onsite class at Stanford) to see the facilities and meet the care team in person.
Bring your list of questions from:
Be sure to bring a list of:
If you prefer a resource you can hold in your hands, you can download the Stanford Cancer Services: Patient & Family Resource Guide or you can ask for it at your first appointment.
This guide provides an overview of the Stanford Cancer Center, including:
Stanford Health Care’s visitor policy is in place to keep our patients and staff safe. Ask a member of your care team about our current policy to find out if a friend or loved one can be with you during your visit.
A family member or friend can help you keep track of things, give support, or just keep you company.
Whether you are a new or a returning patient, your first appointment can be overwhelming with new faces and new information.
We are here to support you.
Figure out your routes and timing for travel, parking, and walking to your appointment to make sure you’re on time.
Click on a location below to get more information about each location.
The Stanford Health library are an excellent place to get all your health questions answered and find out more.
Stanford’s medical librarians have the knowledge to tackle your questions, simple or complex, with resources you won’t find on the internet.
MyHealth is an essential tool if you are a Stanford Health Care patient or caregiver.