Your First Visit
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What to Expect During Your First Visit
Before your first appointment, we will call you at home to explain some of our procedures. On your initial visit, you will be asked to complete a health history and information form. Forms are available above if you would like to complete them ahead of time and bring to your first visit. We will request your medical records from your prior doctors and hospitals, as well as a list of your current medications in order to formulate our best recommendations for you. All information given to us is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your approval.
Also, on your first visit, your blood will be drawn to allow us to get baseline lab values for treatment. Though rare, it may be necessary to start your treatment immediately; however, in most cases, your treatment regimen will be scheduled to allow you to plan ahead. You will also receive an information packet that will include dietary guidelines and a comprehensive explanation about your chemotherapy or other medications, including side effects and what to expect. We will also tell you about our comprehensive services, cancer support groups in the area and more.
Questions about your diagnosis and treatment options are only natural. We want to give you as many answers as possible. During your initial office visits, you and your doctor will discuss your diagnosis in detail. You will learn about treatment options, what is involved and how Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) will support you through the process. With your care and convenience in mind, we have developed state-of-the-art cancer centers located in communities both large and small throughout Florida. We want you to have access to the most advanced therapies and an extensive array of clinical trials, without the stress of having to travel to a large city or academic medical center.
Because we bring state-of-the-art care to numerous locations in Florida, you can remain near your home, surrounded by friends and family. In fact, you are welcome to bring them to your doctor visits and involve them in your decision-making process.
Treatments for cancers and blood disorders vary greatly. Many factors will be considered for your personalized cancer treatment, such as the type of cancer, its stage and location, your general health, age and medical history. After reviewing the benefits and risks for each of your options, you and your doctor will set a course together.
Our goal is to help you continue your normal life and schedule, as much as possible. Of course, patient reactions to treatment may vary. The best way to prepare is to be informed, so we’ll address your concerns, as well as questions about side effects, treatment frequency, medications and many other topics. We’ll also talk about any possible impact on your normal life or work schedule.
We want you to be well-informed and armed with a plan tailored to your unique needs. If you have follow-up questions later, simply call your local office, and a nurse will return your call by the end of the business day or, if it’s a weekend, by Monday.*
*If you have an urgent medical need over a weekend, seek immediate attention through emergency room services.
Each treatment plan is unique. After a thorough diagnosis and analysis of your particular cancer, lifestyle and other considerations, we will be able to deliver and manage an agreed-upon plan for you. We provide most treatments and services in our offices; however, some, such as surgery and, in some locations, radiation therapy, are simply coordinated through our office.