Your First Visit
What to Bring With You
In preparation for your first visit with us, and to speed the registration process, please bring the following with you to your doctor appointment:
- Picture ID
- Insurance cards
- Referral from your primary care physician (if required by your insurance plan)
- Co-payment (if required by your insurance plan)
- List of medications and dosages
- A copy of your Advance Directive (Living Will and/or Power of Attorney for Health Care), which may be placed in your permanent record
If requested, please bring:
- X-ray (actual films or CD) and X-ray reports (i.e. MRI, PET scan, CT, bone scan, mammogram, diagnostic reports)
- Pathology report and slides
- Medical records
You are encouraged to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment. Your companion can help you travel to the cancer center, share in listening and asking questions during your consultation, and provide you with the support you may need while trying to make decisions about your health care.
Upon arrival at the Carle Cancer Institute Normal
A volunteer will greet you at the main desk and direct you to your doctor’s office. They are also available to help you with any questions you might have about your visit.
During the visit
- Take notes, or have a family member or close friend come with you to take notes, or ask to tape record the visit
- Ask any questions and be sure you understand the answers
- Tell your doctor how much information you want to know; some people want to know all the details while others may want a general overview
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What kind of cancer do I have?
- How far along is my cancer (What stage is it?)
- What are all the possible treatments for the type of cancer I have?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
- How long will I receive treatment, how often, where, and how will it be given?
- When will you know if it is working and how?
- What will happen if this treatment doesn’t work?
- What are the benefits of these treatments?
- What are the risks?
- Are there any supplemental treatments, vitamins or nutritional aids that would help my treatments?
After Your Visit
- Keep track of appointments, tests, procedures and treatments performed, including where and when they were done.
- Always go for treatments, follow-up care. If you cannot make an appointment, let your doctor know.