Q&A

Can a family member or friend come with me to my first visit?
Yes. We encourage family members and close friends to participate in the initial consultation appointment with the Provider. Since we explain a lot of information to you, it may be helpful to have others listen, but this is your decision and you are welcome to come alone. Please remember that we are always available to talk to you and go over anything you may not have heard or understood.
 

What should I bring to the office?
You will need your driver’s license or another photo ID, insurance cards and a list of your current medications.


Can I drive myself or should someone bring me?

It depends. If you normally drive yourself, and drive without difficulty then please continue to do so. We stress wellness. If you feel more comfortable being driven, come with a friend or family member. Occasionally a treatment may affect driving ability. Talk to your doctor about it. Patients who are physically ill or mentally exhausted would best be brought by a friend or a relative.
 

After my initial consultation appointment, what happens?
You may or may not need further treatment. If appropriate, the suggested treatment will be explained to you by the doctor and may be scheduled at this time. The length of treatment may vary from the very short to longer durations, depending on your particular problem. Fortunately, treatments which once required lengthy stays in the hospital are now completed more comfortably and effectively in an out-patient setting. Patients are encouraged to bring reading material and a low-fat snack. We also encourage you to bring to our attention any questions you may have.
 

How often will I see the physician or nurse?
You will see the physician or nurse every time you come to our office. It is always wise to bring all of you medications in the bottles so we can review them and make changes as needed.
 

If I need to speak to a doctor after office hours are they available?
Yes. Our office has 24 hour emergency coverage. Call our main office number to reach us.
 

Where can I find a copy of your HIPAA Privacy Statement?
You may stop by the office for a paper copy, or you may click here for an electronic version.
 

Some patients receive chemotherapy and radiation at the same time. Will this happen to me?
Some tumors benefit by a combination therapy. Others do not. Your treatment will be specific for you, and may require chemotherapy or radiotherapy or a combination of both or neither, depending on the situation at the time.
 

If I have uncontrolled pain or extreme discomfort, whom should I contact?
While you are under our care, contact our office. Our intent will be to make you as pain-free as possible.
 

What happens if I miss a treatment or an appointment?
Regularity and consistency is important. We would encourage you to be consistent in your treatment and follow-up. If you should miss a treatment or an appointment, call the office and we will reschedule you for the first available time.
 

Should I call to confirm my appointment?
No, a staff member usually calls the day before as a courtesy. If you do have any questions regarding your appointment, however, please feel free to call.
 

Will I have regularly scheduled follow-ups?
Yes. We will follow you routinely at various intervals, depending on the problem you have. Often times after many years of no difficulties we will see you yearly. During the treatment phase of your illness, we may see you as often as every week. As you return to your state of wellness, we may see you every 3 to 6 months, depending on the situation.

 

Medical Terms
   • Radiology
      • CT Scan
      • PET Scan
      • DEXA Scan
      • MRI
      • Ultrasound
      • Mammogram
      • Biopsy
      • Colonoscopy
   • Infusion
   • Blood Cell Count
   • Cancer
   • Metastatic