What to Expect

All radiation therapy is painless. You can continue with your normal daily activities while simply making time in your day for your treatment. We will try to schedule your treatment time before you have to go to work or on your lunch break if that is what you need.

How Do I Get Started?

First, schedule a visit with Dr. Hughes. You can call yourself or have your other physician make a referral. This often depends on your insurance company’s rules. You will need to provide insurance information before your visit so that we have enough time to contact your insurance company

We just need copies of your recent medical records about your cancer diagnosis before your visit with us. Our staff will work with you to make this process easy.

Consultation Visit

You will first meet with one of our nurses and Dr. Hughes who will review your medical history, medications, and cancer records such as pathology, scans, blood work and doctor notes. Dr. Hughes will also conduct a physical exam and get to know you.

Dr. Hughes will take a lot of time to present you with your choices for radiation treatment. He will use his experience and your case to make a judgment as to what the best choice is for fighting your cancer. You are unique and so is your disease. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and take an active role in making a decision.

Arm You with Information

The more you know about your cancer treatment, the better you can handle it.

We have videos that can show you what to expect during your treatment as well as handouts.

Our team will tell you what to expect and how to deal with side effects. The same team members will also work with you every day during your treatment so they will get to know you and can help you along the way. We will take good care of you.

Planning Your Perfect Treatment

Testing

Our radiation therapists need pictures of your cancer. Each person’s cancer is unique in shape, size and location. We use CAT scan, MRI and PET scan images to help plan your treatment. Tests may be ordered at another facility so that we can obtain these important pictures. Our team will schedule these tests and take care of insurance pre-certification if necessary.

CyberKnife Treatment Markers

Some patients getting CyberKnife will require “markers” to be placed. These markers help our team to see your cancer during treatment. Cyberknife is the ONLY radiation machine that tracks your cancer all through treatments.

Most markers will be placed at our center by Dr. Hughes. Some will be done by another specialist at the hospital.

CT Mapping

Before your radiation treatment, you will have a CT scan right here at First Dayton Cancer Care. During your mapping, your radiation therapy team works with you to find a comfortable position for you. It’s important that you lie still during treatment, so finding a comfortable position is vital. To do this, you’ll lie on the same type of table that’s used during radiation therapy. Cushions and special devices are used to position you in the right way and to help you stay comfortable. Your radiation therapy team will mark the area of your body that will receive the radiation. Depending on your situation, you may receive temporary markings with a marker. Rarel, do we need permanent pinpoint tattoos. It is important that you do not wash these marks off.

Our team uses all of these images to plan the perfect treatment for you. You will NOT be here during this planning. It takes hours of calculations and planning to design a course of treatment to precisely treat your cancer with radiation and to minimize harm to surrounding healthy tissue.

This treatment planning can make all the difference in the world not only in curing your cancer, but in reducing your side effects. First Dayton Cancer Care only employs full time radiation specialists who design and approve every treatment you have. We will never treat a patient without approval from every specialist involved. Pinpoint accuracy takes time and care.

The Radiation Treatment

Your radiation treatment is the easy part of the process for you. During your treatment you will simply lie in the same position each time, while the radiation treatment machines move around you. You will hear the machine, but it is not loud. You will not feel anything unless you are having HDR brachytherapy treatments. What you experience during HDR brachytherapy depends on your type of cancer.

Electron beam, Leipzig HDR brachytherapy and IMRT take only 5-15 minutes per treatment. CyberKnife treatment will take between 30-90 minutes depending on your cancer. If you are having CyberKnife or HDR treatments, you are welcome to bring in your own music CD. While earphones or ear buds cannot be worn during treatment, we would be happy to play whatever will relax you during treatment.

There is no treatment preparation required except for prostate cancer treatments. Our clinical staff will review this process with you thoroughly prior to your first treatment day.

Visits While On Treatment

First Dayton Cancer Care takes pride in the fact that Dr. Hughes is here at the center each day that patients are undergoing treatment. That’s simply not true for all centers in Dayton. You will visit with Dr. Hughes at least once per week while you are undergoing treatment. However, he is always available to you during your treatment if you are experiencing problems or have questions. Our radiation therapists see you each day during your treatment and our nursing staff is always available to help you in any way they can.

What Happens When I am Done?

Dr. Hughes will schedule follow up visits with you once your radiation treatments are complete. Your follow up schedule of appointments and testing will be tailored to you and your disease.

Dr. Hughes follows the guidelines from The NationalComprehensive Care Netowrk (NCCN) of The National Institutes of Health.

Our nursing staff will review your follow up schedule with you and explain what you can expect. We understand that you may feel ‘on your own’ after treatments are complete. But, we never want you to feel alone.Throughout the course of your radiation treatments our team will prepare you to become a healthy survivor. They will continue to help you on your journey during your scheduled follow up visits. It is important that your cancer is watched to make sure that it does return or move within your body. Follow up appointments with us and with your other physicians are important to your future.

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Call to schedule your consultative visit today at 855-DAYTON1.

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What People Say

  • Everyone has been totally fantastic. The first week was very hard for me, but all 3 technicians I worked with made me feel great even though I know that first week is difficult for them (not on purpose). They always made me feel comfortable with my treatment and hugs when they knew I was having a tough day. I could not have been happier with any aspect of my care.

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  • First, I have never been treated so well by all medical professionals. I was scared from the beginning. I was given info in a positive, accurate and direct manner. Because of this I was able to face the fears I had. Each visit strengthened me. I feel that if I had not come to First Dayton Cyberknife I would not have felt the hope I feel now. Is that not part of good treatment?

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  • My experience at First Dayton Cancer Care was exceptional from start to finish. Beginning with the initial consultation with Dr Hughes. I always knew what to expect throughout the treatment process. The entire staff is to be commended for their professionalism both in their job knowledge and cheerful, upbeat personalities.

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  • Everyone from the front desk was great! Jo was excellent in explaining what each visit required verbally and on paper. Annette was great, polite and very informative. Annette made the treatments easy and comfortable in a scary time. I loved the music she played during my treatment. Dr Hughes was wonderful, he explained all the treatments. I knew when we first talked that this place was where I wanted to be.

     

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  • FRONT DESK ALWAYS COURTEOUS. NURSES ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL. AND OF COURSE THE THERAPISTS WERE TERRIFIC. DOCTORS ALWAYS KEPT ME UP ON EVERYTHING. EVERYBODY IS JUST GREAT TO BE WITH. FIRST DAYTON CYBERKNIFE IS VERY CLEAN AND PERSONABLE.

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  • Everybody was really nice. Jennifer, Mike, Kristie who did my treatments made me feel very comfortable. They were like friends to me. The staff at the front desk were very nice to me. The doctors were great too. Dr Hughes was my doctor.

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  • Cyberknife treatment with Annette was great. Radiation treatments with Mike, Jennifer and Kristi was also great. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone needing cancer treatment. I have driven over 100 miles round trip each day for six weeks. It was well worth the drive. Believe it or not I actually looked forward to coming each day. All staff was great!

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  • I am totally happy with the care I got from everyone. Jo told me how it would work. Dr Hughes was very good and took a lot of time with me. Annette was outstanding, she was kind and told me to do so it would so it would work the best. I thank everyone for the experience.

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  • The staff was so courteous. They answered all of my questions I had. I was seen on time with minimal wait time.Doctor was informative and helpful with medications, ordered as needed. Dietitian was good at sharing information about good nutrition.

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  • I had breast radiation and my treatments went very fast. The staff was very pleasant. I enjoyed talking with the radiation therapist each morning. I have a lot of great memories. I would recommend this place to anyone facing cancer treatment.

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  • Everyone was very nice, friendly, very caring and professional. No complaints. I couldn’t ask for a better experience of this kind. I felt like I was in good hands.

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  • I recieved care at First Dayton Cancer Care with Dr Hughes.The staff was very caring and dedicated to my care. dr Hughes and Dr Burger were very concerned and caring. The nurse’s were very informative about the process as were the techs.

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  • I really kind of enjoyed visits due to Kristi, Jennifer and Mike were just excellent with care. Very happy and encouraging. Vice nice receptionist! Everyone is always helpful and they always have a smile.

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  • My care by staff was superb. They all have wonderful personalities and keep the treatments light making me at ease. They made me really enjoy coming. The prompt calls when the machine was not working and follow up were much appreciated. I will give all a five star rating and recommendation.

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  • It was a very good experience all the people treated you with respect. When you come here you will tell your friends about First Dayton Cancer Care. Thanks to each and everyone of you.

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  • My treatment schedule was always on time and when I had to reschedule they always accommodated me. The staff here are excellent, from the receptionist to the nurses to therapists. They all made me feel at ease and had a cheerful experience. I would like to especially thank Jennifer, Kristi and Mike for their professional care.

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  • Amazing care from everyone that took care of me. Sweetness must be a requirement to work here because you all are the sweetest. Your tones in treatment was very comforting and appreciated. Fear of the unknown but you all give much needed respect and care. In spite of the tasks of healing, you all have made it (keep it up, we benefit from your care) all worth it.

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  • Cancer in it self is scary. My experience here at Cyberknife is one that I will always cherish for taking away the fear of lung cancer. The staff, all the wonderful people I encountered made me feel alive and gave me the hope and strength to know how I will win. God truly gave this wonderful Dr Hughes the best staff ever & I thank him for his skills, his machine & his time in my recovery.

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  • THE CYBERKNIFE TREATMENT WAS PAINLESS, OTHER THAN THE MARKER IMPLANT. THE TREATMENT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE BASED ON REDUCED LEVELS FROM LAB RESULTS. THE STAFF HAS BEEN FRIENDLY,SYMPATHETIC & PROFESSIONAL. THE DOCTOR AND NURSES ARE KNOWLEDGABLE AND PROFESSIONAL.

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  • ALL ASPECTS OF TREATMENT WERE HANDLED VERY PROFESSIONALLY. EVERYTHING WAS EXPLAINED CLEARLY AND IN GREAT DETAIL. EVERYONE I HAD CONTACT WITH WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE MY TREATMENTS COMFORTABLE. NOT A SINGLE COMPLAINT ABOUT CYBERKNIFE!!!

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  • FROM BEGINNING TO END OF 5 DAY TREATMENTS EVERYONE IS VERY POSTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL TO ME & MY WIFE DENNY. EVERY TEST & PROCEDURE WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL & EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN MY CARE.

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  • EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE, EVERYONE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND GENUINELY CARING. THE PROCEDURE AND TREATMENT WAS FULLY EXPLAINED AND WENT AS DESCRIBED. POST TREATMENT AND CARE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL.

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  • Followed suggestions from staff about skin care, etc and had great results. Staff has always been professional and courteous. Will continue to recommend center to others.

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  • The facility and staff are tops. Always a smile and a very pleasant attitude. Although this has been a trying experience for me; It was nice to have someone listen carefully to my concerns. Always the professional, with words of encouragement and making me feel important. I appreciate the doctor, staff and the facility. Treatment went well. Thanks C. MOrgan

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