For cranial and spinal treatments, the initial consultation involves both the radiation oncologist and neurosurgeon, with the assistance of either the physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse.
For extracranial treatments, the initial consultation involves radiation oncologist and other physicians.
The procedure, as well as the risk and benefit, will be explained to the patients. The initial consultantion may be on the same day as the setup procedure. It is more often done days before the setup procedure. There are other paper work, such as insurance coverage, that has to be addressed before the rest of the treatment process can proceed.