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First Steps With Cancer

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No one is prepared for a cancer diagnosis, but at Memorial Cancer Center, we are prepared to help get you get through it ... comfortably, conveniently and close to home.

Making decisions about your cancer care can seem overwhelming. Whether you're concerned about finances, are having difficulty understanding your diagnosis or just have questions regarding treatment options, our staff is here to help.

Choosing an Oncologist is a very important first step in your cancer treatment. Our oncologists are board certified, experienced, highly respected, and dedicated to providing outstanding care.

Preparing for your first treatment can be stressful. Following these steps make the experience easier and help you get the most out of your appointment.

  • Upon your referral, call our office to schedule an appointment.
  • Bring any information with you to the appointment that may be pertinent to your condition, including a patient history form, physician orders and referrals.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to register, complete additional paperwork that may be needed, and have labs drawn (as needed).

If you're coming for an infusion or chemotherapy treatment, you may bring someone with you. They must wait for you in the lobby while you receive treatment. Feel free to bring a book, laptop, or tablet. Cell phones may be used discreetly. We provide pillows, blankets, recliners and televisions.

We provide coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice and crackers. You may also bring your own food and drinks for your visit. We do not have lunch items, but we do have a microwave available. We suggest bringing something to eat if you are going to be here for a long infusion.

If you need lab work prior to your treatment, we recommend coming the day before to avoid waiting on the day of your treatment. If you do not complete your lab work the day before treatment, we recommend that you arrive 20-30 minutes ahead of your scheduled treatment. We often cannot begin treatment until we see lab results.