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At Quincy Medical Group, we believe that patients and their families shouldn’t have to fight the complexities of cancer alone, especially the newly diagnosed patient. Every patient is unique, but we’ve tried to answer the most common questions you may have.

Many patients’ discover they have cancer through a series of appointments and tests with their Primary Care Provider. The most reliable way to confirm cancer is to undergo a biopsy of some kind.  Some masses/tumors are unable to be biopsied for various reasons.  If that’s the case, an imaging test would be utilized to determine your cancer diagnosis.   Learn more about the tests commonly used to look for and diagnose cancer.

I’ve Received a Cancer Diagnosis, Now What?

Many times your Primary Care Provider will refer you to one of our oncologists.  Our oncology team will contact you directly to set up an appointment, or, in some cases, speak to your Primary Care Provider with this information who will share the details of your appointment with you.

What Happens at My First Cancer Appointment?

We welcome you to bring a family member, friend, or caregiver to your appointments. You may also want to bring a notebook to write information about your diagnosis, treatment, or any other questions you may have.

    1. When you arrive at QMG’s Cancer Institute you will check in with our receptionists at the front desk. You will need to ensure to bring a copy of your insurance card (medical and prescription).
    2.  Once you are checked in one of our nurses will bring you to a consultation or an exam room to go through the initial paperwork and information which includes:
      • New Patient Form: This form will ask for information regarding your medical history, surgical history, family history, and current medications.
      • A Picture: Your nurse will capture your picture for patient verification purpose.
      • Release Form
      • Resource materials regarding your diagnosis
      • Information about our Cancer Care department and contact information to get in touch with us.
    3. If you are not already in an exam room, your nurse will take you to one. He or she will then complete your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, height, and weight).  You may be asked to remove your shoes for your height and weight.
    4. Your doctor will come in next to meet you and talk to you further about your diagnosis.

What Happens the First Time I See the Doctor?

When the doctor comes in to see you, he or she will explain your diagnosis and the details surrounding regarding it.  They will begin by explaining their recommendations for treatment whether it be surgical intervention, chemotherapy/immunotherapy, radiation, or oral treatment.  A second opinion can be requested at any point in time, and our team is happy to set up a referral.

When Do Treatments Start?

Start dates for your treatment depend on the location of your cancer, stage, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guideline recommendations.  Our Cancer Institute Team follows these recommendations which are considered the gold standard in oncology.

What Kind of Questions Can or Should I Ask?

All of them. We want you to feel comfortable with our entire team, the nurses, doctors, advanced practice providers, patient navigators, and financial counselors. No question is off-limits and we are here to help you. The American Cancer Society website is a great resource for cancer patients and the worksheet at this link has a comprehensive list of questions.