What to Expect on your First Visit to an Oncologist
- A list of your current medications
- Any and all x-rays, MRIs or other imaging films (including written report)
- Information about what treatments and medications have been tried in the past and medical records that you think may be helpful
- Insurance information and card
Referral from your primary care physician, if applicable
You'll complete basic paperwork
The nurse will take your vital signs in order to prescribe accurate therapy dosages
Your oncologist will review and discuss your test results
Your oncologist will discuss further testing to stage your cancer, if needed
You and your oncologist will begin discussions about your treatment plan
- You'll be encouraged to ask questions
- Has my cancer spread beyond the cervix?
- Can the stage of my cancer be determined and what does that mean?
- What are my treatment choices?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- What risks or side effects are there to the treatment you suggest?
- Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
- What are the chances my cancer will recur (come back) with the treatment programs we have discussed?
- Should I continue to take prescription medications for other medical conditions?
- Will I be able to work? Care for my family?
- What will the cost of my treatment be?
- Can you recommend someone to help me navigate my insurance coverage?
- Do you suggest any complementary therapies?
- Do my diet/nutritional requirements change?
- Can I exercise? Engage in sexual relations?
- Can you recommend a counselor?