Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Clinic - Radiotherapy Planning CT appointment

Following breast surgery, a course of radiotherapy may be recommended. For the majority of patients this is a routine procedure and forms part of the treatment programme.

Surgeons or breast care nurses will advise about the need for this treatment.

Your Breast Cancer Clinic / Radiotherapy Planning CT Appointment

Where is my appointment?

You may have been sent an appointment to come to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle to discuss this treatment in more detail. At this appointment you will meet with an Oncologist (doctor) who will explain why radiotherapy is recommended, describe the radiotherapy process and discuss any potential side effects. After consenting to treatment you will then attend your CT scan appointment which is the first step in preparing your individual treatment plan.

Planning your treatment

  • The CT scanner is a type of machine that creates detailed pictures of the inside of the body.
  • For the scan you lie on a couch while it passes through a large, hollow ring. The CT scan is not the type of scan that causes difficulties for those who suffer from claustrophobia and you do not need any injections.
  • All of the images and measurements are used to make an individual treatment plan for you.
  • Most patients have several tiny permanent marks made on the skin so that your treatment can be given with great accuracy and if you wish to have these removed later by laser this can be arranged. More information on this is given in the out patient booklet.

How long will I be in the department?

Please allow up to three hours for your clinic and CT scan appointment. Please refer to the general out patient booklet for further information on how to get to NCCC, parking arrangements and your treatment.

How can I help?

In order to have both the consultation and scan on the same day it is vital that your wounds are healed, that your shoulder movement is good and that you are not still having fluid drained from your breast. If your wound still needs dressings or the skin surrounding the scar is red please contact the number below. Similarly if you can not touch the back of your head with your hand and get your elbow higher than your shoulder on the operated side please let us know and we will make arrangements for you to be reviewed at your local hospital before proceeding with your radiotherapy.

What will happen after this appointment?

The final part of treatment planning will be a verification session (practice run of the treatment) carried out on the treatment machine. At that visit the radiographers will check your treatment plan to ensure that all the measurements are correct

The scheduling office will arrange your appointments for verification and treatment and a list of dates to attend the department will be sent in the post. Please note this list will not include all of the actual treatment appointment times. The radiographers will discuss this with you and a schedule of appointments will be given when you start your radiotherapy.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are not able to attend so that the slot can be offered to another patient.

Please ring the scheduling office on 0191 213 8777 (9.00 - 5.00pm) if you have any problems with your wound or arm movement or wish to arrange your appointments.

More Information

Useful Contacts

Radiotherapy scheduling office 0191 213 8777 (9- 5pm)

Northern Centre for Cancer Care Macmillan Information and Support Centre, 0191 2138611
Opening hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm

Macmillan Cancer Relief, Head office 020 7840 7840, freephone 0808 800 1234,

Leaflet to Download

Your breast cancer clinic-radiotherapy planning CT appointment.pdf

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