Once you have scheduled your first appointment, a nurse will call you to answer questions and help you prepare for your appointment.
Before your first visit, you will receive information from your new patient coordinator, explaining where to go and what to bring. This information will include an Adult New Patient Checklist that we recommend that you review and complete before your first appointment.
Please make sure you have with you the items listed in your packet, which may include radiology films, your patient health history form, and insurance cards. You might also like to bring along a book, magazine, or laptop to help pass the time while waiting. Dana-Farber has free wireless internet access in most patient areas and you can also borrow an iPad from the Shapiro Center for Patients and Families.
You can enter the Dana-Farber parking garage from Jimmy Fund Way. Once you arrive, your visit will start at Central Registration on the second floor. At the satellite centers, please check in at the registration desk.
No matter where you are being seen, please plan to check in at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.
You should plan to spend two to three hours for your first visit. If you have general questions such as how to find a support group or where to get a cup of coffee, visit the Concierge desk in the Shapiro Center for Patients and Families.
On your first day, you will meet with health care professionals who will review your medical records and health history and give you a physical examination. They will answer any questions and discuss treatment options, including the possibility of participating in clinical studies of innovative new treatments.
Your first appointment will be tailored to your specific medical needs, and you may be scheduled to see more than one physician.
Our specialists work as a team to evaluate and treat patients with all types of cancers and related diseases. Our goal is to provide an expert evaluation and the most advanced care possible. Learn more about the roles of members of your care team.
Here are some tips to guide your visits:
Once your appointment has ended, take a moment to recognize that this first step is over. Your next visit will feel much easier, because you'll know your way, your care team will be familiar, and you'll have a plan for moving forward.
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