Your First Appointment

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

General Questions

  • 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?

About Tests

  • 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? 

About Treatment

  • 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?

About Participating in Clinical Trials

  • 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?