Becoming a Patient
Becoming a Cancer Patient
21st Century Oncology cancer patients are typically referred to us by their surgeon, Primary Care doctor, Urologist, OBGYN, Medical Oncologist, or other treating physician. That said, you are also welcome to come to one of our centers without a physician referral.
To get started, simply call us directly or ask your doctor to give us a call to set up your initial consultation. During this consultation, you will meet your 21st Century Oncology team and discuss your specific type of cancer, the most effective types of radiation therapy used to treat it, the results you might expect from your cancer treatment, and what will happen to you physically as you go through treatment. After you give us permission, we can also obtain copies of all the necessary health records from your other doctors.
By the time your initial consultation is over, you will be well informed about your treatment and why the radiation therapy recommended is the right choice for your particular situation. You will not receive a radiation treatment at your initial consultation.
How to prepare for your consultation
- Ask a friend or family member to come with you. He or she can help you prepare for your treatments, remember instructions and be there for you with emotional and practical support
- Have your medical records and imaging from your regular doctor or Oncologist (or ask that they be sent to us beforehand)
- Do not forget your insurance card and any referral forms your insurance provider may require, as well as any co-pays. Feel free to call our office before you come in. A member of our staff will figure out what you need to bring and can help you with any insurance or referral paperwork.
Bring questions! In the days before your consultation, write down any that come to mind.
Sample questions to ask when getting started
- How is the treatment administered?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- What are the side effects from my particular form of therapy?
- What should I eat while undergoing therapy? Are there any foods I should stay away from?
- What will my insurance cover? Is financial support available?
- Should I continue my current medications?
- How will my treatment affect my other health conditions?
- Will I be able to drive myself to my treatments?