When you come to UPMC CancerCenter for the first time, you should know you'll be in good hands.
Our caring staff will do their best to help you relax and let you know exactly what to expect during visit.
New patient visits may last two to four hours because you will meet with multiple members of your cancer care team. You may also need onsite tests or scans during your visit.
Before your first visit, make sure to gather the following and bring with you:
When you first arrive for your appointment, please sign in at registration.
Once you sign in, we will:
Once you're in an exam room, multiple members of your cancer care team may assess you.
During this time, they will:
Most times, you can schedule follow-up visits at the discharge desk prior to leaving UPMC CancerCenter.
Having your blood drawn is a vital step to ensure you receive the most accurate cancer treatment.
If you need lab work:
When you come to UPMC CancerCenter for treatment, a member of your cancer care team will:
Based on your specific cancer treatment plan determined by you and your care team, injections may take 30 to 60 minutes.
All other treatments may take two to eight hours.
You may be eligible to take part in a cancer research study. Research is crucial to finding new and better cancer treatments.
Research studies require a unique treatment plan with more steps and procedures than traditional cancer treatment. Please be aware that you might need to spend extra time during each visit.
Your research nurse will describe the details of your specific treatment.