What Should I Expect or Bring?
As a new patient to St. Dominic’s Cancer Center, please bring the following items on your initial visit:
- Information about prior radiation therapy at another facility, along with any recent blood work, CT scans, etc.
- List of all your current medications
- Social security card
- Insurance card(s)
What should I expect on my initial visit for radiation therapy?
- Your initial consult will take approximately 2 – 3 hours.
- Please bring any medications you take with you to the appointment.
- The radiation nurse will meet with you first. Next, you’ll meet the radiation oncologist who will decide if you need a CT scan for treatment planning or a simulation to place your treatment marks.
- If a CT scan is needed, you will return to the Cancer Center to receive it and then return for your simulation in about a week. The time between the appointments is needed for planning your treatment and making the necessary calculations.
As a new patient to St. Dominic’s Outpatient Infusion Center, please bring the following items on your initial visit:
- Driver’s license
- Insurance cards
- List of current medications
- You may bring headphones, books, magazines, etc.
What should I expect on my initial visit to the Outpatient Infusion Center?
- Please eat a light breakfast prior to arriving to the infusion center. You may bring a preferred snack to the infusion center. Boxed lunch and snacks are available.
- Patients are warmly greeted and admitted to the infusion center at their recliner.
- You will meet with a trained nurse who will educate you as well as explain your treatment plan.
- Lab is drawn if ordered by the physician.
- Pharmacy will mix your medication and deliver it to the infusion center.
- Length of therapy can be 1-6 hours depending on the drug and number of drugs administered.
- Visitors are welcome to sit with you during your infusion.
- Please notify the nurse of any recent issues or changes in the patient’s status.
- Please feel free to ask questions or express concerns about the treatment.