What to Gather

Your Care Manager will request specific information from you based on your diagnosis and any prior treatments. Please bring the following things with you to your appointment.

  • Any medical information related to your diagnosis that you have been asked to bring. This may include diagnostic images, pathology slides and reports. Note that without a written diagnostic report, the evaluation of your images may be delayed. Images may include CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, ultrasounds and X-rays. If your radiology facility offers to provide copies of these X-rays on a CD, they must be provided as DICOM format CDs. Harbin has a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record that enables all Harbin Doctors to have access to your care information once it is in the system.
  • A list of all your doctors with whom you would like us to communicate. Please include the doctor’s full name, address, phone number and email address.
  • A list of all the prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking. This includes vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal products and over-the-counter drugs.
  • A list of any known allergies.

What to Bring

  • Valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, is required.
  • All health insurance and prescription insurance cards.
  • A small notebook for writing notes and questions.
  • Comfortable clothing, shoes and something to keep you warm such as a sweater, jacket or shawl.
  • A laptop or mobile device, from which you can access our free WiFi network, or a book or magazine.

Things to Ask Your Doctor


  • What is the name of my cancer?
  • Which part of my body is affected?
  • What stage is my cancer?
  • What supportive services do you have available here at the cancer center and in the community?


  • What are the results of any tests I already had?
  • Why do I need new tests?
  • What will you learn?
  • How accurate is this test?
  • Is there any risk to the test?
  • Will the result of this test make any difference to the treatment you provide?
  • How long will I need to wait to learn the results of my test?
  •  Who can I call for information?


  • What treatments are available for my type of cancer?
  • What treatments do you recommend?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment?
  • Can the side effects be prevented or controlled?
  • Are the side effects temporary or permanent?
  • How is the treatment given?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • Will I receive treatment as an outpatient or be admitted to hospital?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
  • What if this treatment does not work?
  • What can I do to help make the treatment more effective?


  • Would a clinical trial or investigational treatment be appropriate for me?
  • What benefit is there for me?
  • What are the risks for me?
  • Why are these studies important?
  • What are the goals of the study?
  • Do I have the right to refuse?
  • Can I withdraw from the clinical trial anytime?

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