At this appointment, your care team “simulates” or plans the actual radiation treatment by setting up all the equipment and measurements for your visits.
You will not get a radiation treatment at this visit.
So what happens during your simulation appointment? Think of it like setting up for a shoot on a movie set.
Below are the steps your care team will take you through to prepare for simulation.
1. Walk you through what will happen during radiation treatment.
2. Set up the correct positioning.
3. Make sure that you are comfortable.
4. Mark the radiation site on your body.
A simulation scan is done to get images of the cancer site.
During the scan:
These images are used to design a radiation plan that is customized to your specific body.
This appointment usually takes about 1-3 hours, depending on the types of scans that are taken. When you make your simulation appointment you’ll find out what types of scans may be done and how long that should take.
We want to make sure that you are comfortable during your simulation and can make accommodations for specific needs.
Contact your nurse coordinator to learn how they can accommodate your needs if any of these apply to you:
You can also speak with your care team to find out what options they have to help you feel more comfortable while having your radiation treatments.
To keep everyone safe COVID-19 screening questions are sent to you through MyHealth. Completing this survey helps make your check-in faster. You will be sent these same screening questions before treatment visits.
If you cannot complete the MyHealth survey, 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.
Click through tips on how to prepare for your simulation day.
For your comfort, pick out clothes to wear that are comfortable or old and that you don’t mind getting ink on.
Your care team will tell you if fasting is necessary. Follow any fasting instructions from your care team for your simulation day (usually no food or drink, except water).
Take a moment to check in with yourself.
Sometimes sharing how you feel with your care team, friends or family can be helpful.
Many patients find that they need support before, during, and after treatments.