If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you are probably wondering what to do next. Let’s start the fight together.
Before You Arrive
Our work begins before you come in for your first appointment. We will have spoken with the doctor who referred you for cancer treatment. If you weren’t referred, we will speak with the doctor who found the cancer and recommended you seek treatment from an oncologist. We will also review your medical records and any test results that we may have access to before your arrival.
Please write down your questions as you think of them. There is no question you can’t ask during that initial appointment. We suggest keeping a notebook or one place where you keep all of your questions and notes about each appointment.
During Your First Appointment
Your first appointment at Optim Oncology is called an initial consultation. Our cancer specialists will take the time to explain their understanding of your medical history and diagnosis, and also conduct any required examinations in the office. One of our oncologists will discuss a plan of action or cancer treatment plan that will be your guide to overcoming cancer. We will answer any questions you may have. We want you to ask questions and understand test results.
After arriving at Optim Oncology, check in at the front desk. Our receptionist will typically scan your insurance card and driver’s license, collect any co-payments (if required) and have you fill out any additional forms we may need.
What to Bring With You
Please be sure to bring the following items:
- Driver’s license
- Insurance card
- A list of any questions you may have
- The Patient Initial Registration form that you will complete prior to your appointment.
- Means of paying co-payment (if required)
After Your Initial Consultation
Once all of your test results are in and a plan has been chosen, your oncologist will order your medications for your cancer treatment. We ask that you attend a chemotherapy class before starting treatment.
Before each treatment begins, your nurse will check your vitals, and measure your height and weight. Then, a sample of your blood will be drawn at the laboratory.