What To Expect
As a new patient at Florida Cancer Affiliates, we want you to feel comfortable and confident about your care. We have created a checklist below, to help prepare for your first visit. We also ask that you also print out and complete a full set of patient forms before you arrive.
At Florida Cancer Affiliates, we take the time to thoroughly evaluate every new patient, so your initial consultation may take 1-2 hours. We ask that you plan accordingly.
What to bring:
- Your insurance information: Bring your insurance card or any additional insurance information.
- Photo ID: Bring two forms of identification, including one photo ID. This includes a driver’s license, passport, military/school ID card, etc.
- New patient forms: Please fill out all new patient forms and bring them with you.
- Medications: Bring a full list of your current medications and dosage.
- List of questions: Write down any questions you have, so you don’t forgot to ask your physician at your visit.
- Paper and pen: Be sure to take notes during your visit, so you have them to refer to and share with loved ones.
- A friend or loved one: Whenever possible, bring along a friend or loved one to your appointments. They provide valuable support and serve as an extra pair of eyes and ears to ensure good communication.
What to expect:
- Your physician: The physician you are scheduled to see at your initial consultation will remain your primary provider throughout treatment. At your first visit, you meet the doctor for a new patient evaluation.
- Length of visit: We take the time to conduct a thorough evaluation at your consultation, so a first visit can last one to two hours. We ask that you plan accordingly.
- Additional tests, x-rays or scans: Your physician may request additional tests, x-rays or scans to best guide your treatment.
- Your care team: In addition to your physician, you may also meet oncology nurses, advanced practice providers, radiation therapists, CT/PET technologists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and clinical research coordinators who will be part of your treatment.
- Your patient benefits representative: At the end of your visit, you’ll schedule your next appointment and meet with a patient benefits representative to discuss your insurance coverage and billing questions.