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Steward Centers for Cancer Care - FAQs

Frequently asked questions about your cancer care

What should I bring to my first appointment?

A copy of your complete medical record, including pathology or lab reports and radiology films. You will also need to bring a list of all medications you take and your health insurance cards, along with any necessary referrals required by your insurer.

What will happen at my first appointment? 

On your first appointment, you will meet with the team of cancer care specialists involved in your care. They will review your medical records, health history, answer any questions and discuss treatment options.

Cancer care specialists involved in your care may include:

  • Medical oncologists, who specialize in administering anti-cancer drugs (chemotherapy)
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists, who use radiation to destroy cancer cells
  • Other specialists, which include pathologists, radiologists, nurses, nutritionists and social workers

Can a family member or friend come with me to my appointments?

Yes. We encourage family members or close friends to participate in appointments with your cancer care team. Since we explain a lot of information to you, it may be helpful to have others there to listen and take notes for you.

How often will I see the doctor or nurse?

You will be scheduled for weekly physician/nurse visits throughout the course of your treatment.

Whom should I contact if I have a bad reaction or extreme discomfort?

While you are receiving treatment it is very important to contact the doctor or nurse at the Steward® Center for Cancer Care that is treating you. Remember that we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What if I miss a treatment?

You will be scheduled for a certain number of treatments based on your specific disease. It is extremely important that you receive all of your prescribed treatments. Your physician will determine the best course of treatment for you.

I know some patients receive radiation and chemotherapy at the same time. If I do, where will I receive my chemotherapy?

In most cases, your chemotherapy will be given in your medical oncologist’s office.

Should I call every day to confirm my appointment?

No. Once you are scheduled for treatment, your appointment time is yours.

Will you notify me if my appointment is cancelled (due to bad weather, etc.)?

Yes. This is why we ask for your work, cell and home telephone numbers.

If I would like to attend a support group, how do I get in touch with one?

Support groups for patients and caregivers are offered at all Steward Centers for Cancer Care. Find a group nearest you.

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