Your first appointment with your hematologist, oncologist or surgeon is an important first step in your cancer journey. Below are some tips to make your first appointment as helpful and successful as possible.
Being told you have cancer can be scary and stressful. You probably have a lot of questions and concerns. It’s important for you to be able to talk frankly and openly with your doctor and all the providers on your cancer team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor they might seem to you. But it helps if you know what to ask. Here are some questions you can use to help you better understand your cancer and your options. Don’t be afraid to take notes and tell the doctors or nurses when you don’t understand what they’re saying.
The questions below are grouped by where you are in the process of cancer treatment. Not all of these questions will apply to you, but they should help get you started.
When you’re told you have cancer
During your first appointment, the doctor will often review a lot of information about your disease and the type of treatment that is best recommended. Many patients bring a family member or friend as a “second set of ears” to listen and ask questions you may not think of. Family or friends can also take notes while the doctor is discussing your care, so you can focus on the conversation.
M Health is committed to ensuring effective communication between patients and their medical providers by providing qualified interpretation services for our patients. We provide medical interpreters free of charge for limited English proficiency and deaf or hard-of-hearing patients. Please ask your Cancer Care team to assist in arranging for an interpreter, or contact Interpreter Services directly.
We are committed to provide a safe and healing environment for all our patients receiving care in our infusion areas, as well as ensuring the safety of all our visitors.
If you need help with day care during your infusion appointments, please let your nurse care coordinator, or a social worker know, so that we can help you find support.