What to Expect
We understand that a first visit to our cancer care center can make you feel anxious. Rest assured, we will do everything we can to make you and your family comfortable. We appreciate any feedback you’d like to provide that may help us make you feel more at ease.
Upon your arrival at Hope Cancer Center, you will find free and convenient parking. We also offer wheelchair accessibility and handicapped parking.
Your first appointment will include a comprehensive meeting and evaluation with your oncologist. You may also meet the nurses and other members of your cancer care team. Please plan for an hour-long visit at minimum. Arriving 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment will give you time to complete forms.
Your cancer specialists will make every effort to explain your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan during your first visit. In some cases, however, a follow-up visit is necessary to cover additional information. No testing or treatments (radiation or chemotherapy) will begin on your initial visit.
First visits can be complex, so we recommend that you bring a friend or family member with you. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or bring up any concerns you may have regarding your diagnosis or suggested treatment. See our Questions to Ask section for possible topics to bring up during your visit.
To ensure your first and future appointments go smoothly, we ask that you always:
- Bring your photo ID and your insurance card(s)
- Have your co-pay ready
- Notify us of any allergies
- Bring all current medication bottles, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you are unable to bring the bottles, an updated list will suffice.
- Update us on any changes of your address, phone number, employment, marital status and/or insurance company
- Come ready with any questions or concerns that you may have to discuss with your cancer care team
- Schedule your next appointment before you leave the clinic. This includes lab, and radiology appointments.