Your First Appointment
If this is your first time visiting a physician at Washington Cancer Institute, you will be asked to give us information about:
- your general health
- your previous diagnoses and treatments
- your health insurance card and/or information
- current medications
We have prepared a general list of all of the things you should bring with you on your visit, to give your doctors the most complete picture of your current health. This saves valuable time for both you and your oncologist.
Please bring with you:
- Your referral; if your insurance indicates you need one.
- Your medical chart from the doctor who referred you. That chart should include any tests you have had. Sometimes this information is forwarded from your doctor's office directly to the oncologist, but you may want to call a few days in advance of your appointment to make sure this is the case.
- Any X-rays, CT or MRI scans, or studies related to the condition for which you are being examined. These are critical for our doctors to decide on next steps in your treatment. These can be films or on a CD.
- Any medication you are taking. It is most helpful to our staff if you bring the actual bottles. However, you can make a list of all the medications you are taking. Make sure to include the name of the medication, including the generic substitution, the number of milligrams and how many times a day you are directed to take it. Also, include directions, such as "Take with food."
- Your health insurance identification card or other documentation of your health care insurance.
- A list of important contacts, including emergency names and phone numbers our staff members can call.
- A list of questions you may have about your medical care, including your diagnosis and treatment.
- A notebook and pen, so you can write down important information. All our patients receive important health information during their visits, and you may want to keep everything in one place.
- Something to read and a small snack, in case your appointment lasts longer than you expected.
We want to make sure all of your information is entered correctly into our files. If you have all the information listed above, it will help insure your appointment runs smoothly.
Preparing for Surgery
This information has been prepared to assist you in preparing for a procedure with our doctors. This information serves as a guide. If you have received different instructions from our doctors, please follow those carefully.
- Please report to the Admissions Testing Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center at your designated time that day.
- You must have a History & Physical completed by your primary care physician or the Admissions Testing Center and the results in our office by 3p.m. the day prior to your surgery. You should call your physician as soon as possible to make this appointment. Five or six days prior to the appointment with your physician, you must also have preoperative testing performed. This will allow the results of your tests to be available for your appointment with your primary care physician.
- Please ask your physician to send the reports of your preoperative tests and your physical examination to this office as well as to the Admission Testing Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, at 202-877-7317 or 202-877-3014.
- Your surgery may be cancelled if these reports are not available by 3pm the day before your scheduled surgery date.
We accept most managed care and commercial health insurance. Forms of payment also include all major credit cards, cash and checks.
During pre-registration, we will record all your medical insurance information so we can pre-approve your treatment. That way, you will not have to give your information every time you come for a treatment visit, and we can assure your treatment runs smoothly.
Questions about your insurance?
Our administrative staff is available to assist patients with the necessary insurance and referral requirements. Please call us if you have questions regarding your insurance requirements.
Need more information? Contact Billing and Records.