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What You Should Bring at Your First Appointment

We’ll need to know your medical history and the care you have received. Please bring the following items to your first appointment:

Medical Records: We’ll request medical records concerning your cancer diagnosis and treatment, but need your authorization. These records include:

  • Clinical notes from your doctor
  • Diagnostic films (x-ray, CT, PET, MRI) and reports
  • Pathology, lab, and surgical reports
  • Treatment summaries

Referring Physician Information: Your oncologist will need to communicate directly with your primary care and/or referring physician(s). This allows us to share information and determine the best treatment for your disease.

Your Texas 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 cancer and treatment plan.

Insurance and ID Cards: Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. If your insurance company requires a referral for your first visit, please make sure your referring doctor has sent it to us.

  • We’ll 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.
  • We’ll file insurance claims on your behalf.
  • Our financial counselors can help you with questions or concerns regarding payment of your bill.
  • If we can’t validate your referral or insurance coverage prior to your first appointment, we may need to reschedule your appointment or you may be financially responsible for your visit.

Questions and Concerns: We encourage you to bring a list of questions to discuss with your physician. We’ll allow as much time as you need to answer all of your questions, explain your cancer type, your treatment options, and outline next steps.

Forms: At your first appointment, you’ll be asked to complete several patient forms. You can save time by printing and completing them in advance, and bringing them with you.

Medications: Please bring a complete list of all medications you take, the bottles and packages, or your completed Medication and Allergy List form.