Ovarian Cancer: What information should you bring to your first appointment?

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What information should you bring to your first appointment?

When you go to your first appointment with your gynecologic oncologist, you may want to bring a friend or relative for moral support, to help you remember all your questions, and to take notes.

You should also bring:

  • Copies of any pertinent medical records that you have already had as part of your workup
    • Pathology reports of recent biopsies (lab tests from any biopsies you might have had). You may also go directly to the hospital lab and request the glass slides or tissue block from your biopsy.
    • Radiology reports including any X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRI and PET scans
    • Blood test results
    • Notes and records from other doctors and health care providers you have seen
  • A current list of all medications and supplements you are taking.
  • An updated list of your past medical and surgical history, including your gynecologic and obstetric history
  • Your family medical history, including a list of family members who have had cancer
  • A list of all doctors you are currently seeing for ongoing care
  • Your health insurance information
  • A list of any questions that you wish to ask the oncologist

Next: What tests might your gynecologic oncologist perform to determine treatment?

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