Before, During and After Your Visit

Before Your 1st VisitFor in-person visits:
• Fill out “My Health History” before you come in (page 42 in orientation guide)
• Bring your medications with you
For phone visits:
• Expect a call from an Oncology Nurse to fill out your health history over the phone
During Your 1st Visit• Check in at registration with your health card
• Fill our Your Symptoms Matter
• Meet with the Oncology Nurse
• You will be asked questions about your medical history, family history, medications and symptoms
• You will meet your Medical/Radiation Oncologist
• Discuss the best treatment plan for you with your Oncologist and Oncology Nurse
• Ask questions to your health care team
• A treatment plan may not be made right away, so a follow up visit might be needed
After Your 1st Visit• Write down any questions you still have
• Your team will tell you the next steps in your care plan
• You may be contacted to book a follow up visit or treatment
• A plan might be made to have you see a community care team (nurses, doctors, palliative care)
At Follow-Up Visits• Check in at registration
• Fill out Your Symptoms Matter
• Meet with the Oncology Nurse or Oncologist (sometimes both again)
• Ask questions if you are not clear about what your nurse or doctor is telling you

Sample questions to ask at your first appointment

It is helpful to bring a list of questions to discuss with your oncologist (cancer doctor) when you are booked for an in-person, phone or virtual visit.

Here are a few questions you many want to ask:

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • Is there any evidence the cancer has spread?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • Will I have to change my normal activities? If so, for how long?
  • What can I do to prepare for treatment?
  • How often will I have treatments?
  • How long will my treatments last?
  • Is there a cost to the treatment?
  • Can I still engage in sexual activity?
  • Is infertility a side effect of cancer treatment? If so, can anything be done about it?

You will have many chances to ask the oncologist (cancer doctor) and your inter-professional care team to explain things to you and to get more information.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I being sent to the cancer centre?

You have likely been referred to the cancer centre because your doctor wants you to receive further investigation, treatment or support from specialists who work at the cancer centre.

What happens when my doctor sends me to the cancer centre?

The doctor who has referred you to the cancer centre will send a copy of your medical information, including copies of your x-rays and blood work. Once this information has been received, your referral can be processed and an appointment will be booked for you.

What kind of treatment will I receive?

An individual plan of care will be created during your initial consult with your oncologist.

Will my family doctor or specialist know what is happening to me?

Information about your cancer centre visit and care plan will be sent back to your family doctor or specialist. Your family doctor is an important part of your team and will continue to be in charge of your general health care.

Who will I meet?

You might meet a couple different members of your health care team when you come to the cancer centre.