One of our physicians is always available to speak with referring physicians
regarding patient care or treatment programs. In addition to documentation
requested below, direct physician input can be helpful for new patient
consultations and to optimize treatment planning.
New Patient Referrals
- Referrals should be made directly to Radiation Oncology at Torrance Memorial
- Insurance information and appropriate authorization numbers if applicable.
- Diagnosis and reason for consultation
- Supporting pathology and radiology reports
- Copies of pertinent consult/follow-up notes with clinical findings
- Information regarding other treatments i.e. operative reports/chemotherapy
Beta irradiation has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of recurrence
following excision of pterygiums - wing-like growths occurring in the
eyes, neck, knees, elbows, ankles or digits. Our protocol is to deliver
two applications of 1000cGy surface dose each to the operative bed, the
first on the day of excision and the second application a week later.
Every effort will be made to provide post-operative beta therapy in a
timely manner following surgical resection. Please request scheduling
of beta therapy when arranging for the patient's surgery.
Brachytherapy - Gynecologic Implants
Placement of temporary intracavitary or interstitial implants may be part
of an optimal treatment program for specific gynecologic malignancies.
These procedures are performed by the Radiation Oncologist who may under
certain circumstances request the assistance of the Gynecologist. Arrangements
for implantations will be made by Radiation Oncology including admitting
H&P, pre operative lab work, treatment planning and OR scheduling.
Medical clearance may be necessary by the patient's Primary care physician.
Patients typically remain hospitalized on the Radiation Oncology service
for a few days during the duration of the implant.