Treating cancer is a highly-sophisticated process; therefore, we need a great deal of information. At the time of your first visit, you will have plenty of questions and we want to make sure we provide answers quickly and accurately.
Following the steps below will help you get the most from your first visit, which in turn will help us develop the most effective treatment plan possible.
Be sure to bring your radiology films or CD's and have your New Patient Forms filled out, which will include your medical history.
Bring a list of your current medications to include: dosing information and start date.
Be sure to bring your insurance card and photo identification card.
You will want to dress comfortably since it is likely that the first visit may take a while. We also encourage you to bring along a friend or loved one who may be able to help you make choices with your cancer team.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time on the first visit so that we can make sure all the necessary forms have been completed.
Every patient is different. Some people want to know every detail about their case. Others just want the basics. And, of course, most people fall somewhere in the middle. At CBCC, you are a vital part of the treatment team, and it is important that you have a good relationship with your physicians and clinical staff. We encourage you to communicate your preferences and how you are feeling along the way.
Every cancer patient has a different list of questions. You may want to spend some time discussing this with loved ones to determine what you should be asking your doctor and the information you want to know. Be sure to write them down so you are prepared to ask your doctor!
Here are some basic questions to help get you started thinking about your specific questions. You may want to bring paper and pen so you can write down the answers to refer to later or share with family members.
What is cancer?
What type of cancer do I have?
What are the treatment options?
What treatment do you recommend? And why?
What are the risks/side effects of treatment?
What is the best possible outcome?
How long will treatment last?
Will I be able to continue my activities?
Will I be able to perform my functions at home/work?
How will I feel during treatment?