What To Bring
It is important that we understand your medical history and the previous care you have received so we can provide you with the most appropriate and effective cancer care. Please bring the following items to your first appointment.
You should bring a complete, up-to-date list of all medications you take, or bring the bottles and packages with you. This should include should a complete list of herbs and vitamins as some of these may interfere with treatment.
It is important the patients knows their family history particularly 1st degree and 2nd degree relatives diagnosed with cancer including age at diagnosis and type of cancer.
Insurance and I.D. Cards
Please bring your insurance card and drivers license or picture I.D. If your insurance company requires that you have a referral for your first visit, please make sure that your referring doctor has provided this.
We will quickly verify your insurance coverage and benefits, and let you know of any out-of-pocket expenses you will incur at the time of the visit. If we cannot validate your referral or insurance coverage prior to your first appointment, your appointment may need to be rescheduled, or you may be financially responsible for your visit.
We will file your insurance claims on your behalf, and help you with questions or concerns regarding payment of your bill. You will see a financial counselor during one of your initial visits to assist you in understanding your insurance coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs of therapy. If you would like to speak with our financial counselor about questions or concerns regarding your insurance coverage or bill, please don't hesitate to ask for a consultation.
Referring Physician Information
It is critical for your Arizona Oncology oncologist to directly communicate with your primary care and/or referring physician(s), so information can be shared to determine the best treatment for your disease. Please bring any authorizations and referrals with you, and provide contact information for your other doctors.
Your Arizona Oncology medical team may send copies of your test results and reports to your other doctor(s), and follow-up with them for collaboration on your condition and treatment plan.
Please arrange to have your previous test results and reports provided to us. Some doctors and clinics will directly send them to us on your behalf. Others will give these records to you, so you can bring them on your first visit. Examples of these are:
- Your actual diagnostic films and related reports, including x-ray, CT, PET, or others ordered by your physician(s). These films and reports can be obtained from the radiology department or facility where your tests were taken.
If you have already been diagnosed with cancer, a pathologist has probably made a diagnosis by reviewing a biopsy or tumor specimen under a microscope. Please make sure that we receive the written reports. These can be obtained from the pathology department at the medical facility where your biopsy was performed.
Questions and Concerns
You may find it helpful to bring a written list of questions on your first visit to review with your physician. We will give whatever time is necessary to answer all your questions and concerns on your condition and treatment plan.