Sibley Medical Building, Cancer Center, 1st Floor
From the Visitor Garage, the temporary entrance to Radiation Oncology is beyond the main entrance to the Sibley Medical Building. Walk past the revolving doors and upon reaching the canopy-covered walkway, turn right. The door to enter Radiation Oncology will be at the end of the short walkway.
New technologies offer continual improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. At the Sibley Cancer Center, we are able to help patients with cancer benefit from these innovations and breakthroughs. Sibley is committed to serving Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia residents and to investing in new technologies and procedures as they are proven to be medically effective. We offer the most sophisticated version of each radiation therapy method.
- Conventional Radiation Therapy
- Three Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Brachytherapy (for treatment of Prostate Cancer)
To schedule a consultation with one of our radiation oncology specialists, you'll need a referral from your primary care physician or from a medical specialist such as an urologist, surgeon, or medical oncologist. In this section, we explain how to prepare for your first visit.
The consultation process will determine if radiation therapy would be beneficial for you. If you are a candidate for radiation therapy and you consent to begin treatment, the next step in the clinical process is the scheduling of a CT simulation procedure.
When to Arrive
On the day of your appointment, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to become familiar with the department and allow enough time to change into a gown.
What to Bring
Your initial consultation will require some preparation on your part. You will need to bring:
- Health insurance card with your policy number and name of policy holder (spouse or other family member whose name is on the insurance policy) and policy-holder's Social Security number
- Employer's name, address and phone number, if you are covered under your employer's insurance program
- Referral authorization letter, if you are in an HMO or PPO
- Medicare card, your date of retirement and spouse's date of retirement
- Your Advance Directives (living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare), if desired
- Referring physician's name (address and phone number, if out-of-town)
- List of medications you currently take (including over-the-counter medicines). If it is easier for you, you may bring your medications in their containers.
- Prior x-ray or imaging studies (this includes films, CDs and the reports)
- Please do not bring large amounts of cash, valuable jewelry or watches. You will have to remove jewelry and watches during the examination and treatment. We cannot be responsible for these valuables.
What to Wear
In most cases, you will need to change into a special gown for the simulation. Therefore, we recommend, that you wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change. For your security and convenience, lockers with keys are located in the dressing area.
You will be given an appointment card with the time and date of your first appointment for treatment.
Your appointment time will usually be the same throughout your course of treatment (for example, Tuesdays at 2:15 pm or Thursdays at 10:45 am). Routine treatments are scheduled from Monday through Friday on a daily basis between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, except for holidays.
Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of time. We treat many patients here, and appointments are scheduled at 15-minute intervals. There are a limited number of treatment machines and treatment "slots". Arriving 10 minutes early allows you enough time to change and be ready for treatment at your scheduled time. This helps eliminate waiting for all of our patients. Please call your Therapist if you may be late or will miss a treatment.
Rescheduling an Appointment
As much as possible, we will try to schedule the treatments at times that are convenient for you. Please let your Therapist know if there is a specific time that works best for you, or any ongoing time conflicts you may have. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee that the specific time you want will be available. If you must see your Radiation Oncologist on a day other than your regularly scheduled day, please let your Nurse or Therapist know. They will help you arrange a different time to see the physician. Your Therapist or clinic coordinator will advise you of any schedule changes caused by major holidays. We understand that emergencies and occasional conflicts may occur at your appointment time. It is best that you do not skip any treatments or other clinic appointments. Therefore, if you must reschedule your appointment, please call us as soon as possible. (One day's notice is helpful.)