What do I need to bring when I come to Rio Bravo Cancer Center for treatment?
If you are interested in coming to Rio Bravo Cancer Center for treatment, you first need to call (661)491-5060 to make an appointment. The receptionist will let you know what you need to do. Here is a list of things to bring with you when you come in for the first time.
- Any medical records
- Recent doctor notes
- Any recent labs
- Recent pathology
- Scans (MRI, CT, PET, Bone Scan, Ultrasound)
- Insurance cards
- Forms (upon calling the Cancer Center, the needed forms will be sent to you along with a map to the Center)
What can I expect during a consultation with my doctor?
During your consultation with the doctor, s/he will:
- Collect your history
- Review results of tests and pathology reports you brought with you
- Perform a physical exam
- Review with you your cancer
- Review and discuss your treatment options
All of your test and laboratory results are important in order for your doctor to make the best decision in outlining your treatment options for you. If you were not able to obtain all your information prior to the consultation, it is important to make sure that the results of your tests are forwarded to the doctor.
What are the side effects from radiation to the skin?
Radiation treatments are designed to be localized and site specific. For this reason, any potential side effects would be directly related to what area is being treated. Common concerns for skin cancer treatments with radiation include erythema (inflammatory redness of the skin), pigmentation (darkening of the skin due to increased production of melanin), and dry/moist desquamation. Side effects can range and vary depending on where the diseased skin may be located. Long-term side effects include fibrosis (scarring) of the tissue and skin pigment changes.
When do the side effects subside?
Generally 1-2 months after radiation.
What diet should I be on during radiation treatments?
In general, there are no diet restrictions when receiving radiation therapy for skin cancer. We do ask that you avoid sun exposure to the treated area to minimize side effects.
What can I do to alleviate skin irritation?
We recommend that during the course of radiation the patient apply alcohol-free 100% aloe vera gel and/or Nivea cream. If there is moist peeling some patients may need a special antibiotic cream.