Jefferson University Hospitals

Preparing for Your Visit

Breast Biopsy Preparation

  • Please do not take blood thinning medication five days prior to your breast biopsy. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc. Tylenol is the only over-the-counter medication you can take. If you take a prescribed blood thinning medication, please check with your doctor prior to stopping use; this includes aspirin prescribed by your doctor.
  • Drop off outside films at least five days prior to your scheduled breast biopsy. (Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • All female patients coming in for this breast biopsy should wear a tight bra.

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Thank you for choosing Jefferson. Before you arrive for your first appointment with Radiation Oncology, please print and fill out the Health Assessment form (PDF) as well as the JUP Communication of Protected Health Information form (PDF).

Your First Visit with a Breast Medical Oncologist

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • You will start with Registration - Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete this process
  • Our medical oncologists will review all your health information and perform a physical exam
  • Treatment recommendations will be discussed
  • Additional testing and/or surgery will be arranged if decided on
  • Expect to be with us for 2 hours

Gather Your Information

We will request specific information from you based on your symptoms, diagnosis and any prior treatments. If you have not submitted this information electronically or faxed, please bring it with you to your appointment.

  • New Patient Packet - Complete this form prior to seeing your physician
  • Bring all breast imaging studies, both films and reports including:
    • Mammograms
    • Breast ultrasound
    • Breast MRIs
    • Breast biopsies
  • Bring all pathology reports and slides
  • Bring all diagnostic imaging studies, both films and reports including:
    • Bone scans
    • CT scans
    • MRIs
    • PET scans

Breast imaging studies and pathology slides and reports only needed if NOT done at Jefferson University Hospital or Methodist Hospital.

What to Bring With You

  • Valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport. We cannot register you without a valid photo ID.
  • All health insurance and prescription insurance cards
  • Co-pays
  • Referrals (if your insurance plan requires)

Other Items to Consider Bringing

  • Your appointment schedule and other materials we have sent you
  • The enclosed driving and parking directions from your new patient packet
  • A small notebook for writing notes and questions
  • Something to keep you warm such as a sweater, jacket or shawl. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • A book or magazine

Office Locations

Our breast medical oncologists have the opportunity to see you in multiple locations. Upon scheduling, please verify the location of your appointment.

Jefferson University Hospital
Medical Office Building
1100 Walnut Street (corner of 11th and Walnut Streets)
Breast Care Center, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Jefferson University Hospital
925 Chestnut Street
3rd and 4th Floors
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Methodist Hospital
Department of Medical Oncology
1300 Wolf Street
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Nazareth Hospital
2701 Holme Ave.
Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19152

Chestnut Hill
8815 Germantown Ave.
Suite 16
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Plymouth Meeting
600 W. Germantown Pike
Suite 125
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


Please visit the following locations closest to our offices for reduced rates:

  • Hamilton Building Garage on 11th Street between Walnut and Locust Streets
  • LAZ Parking Garage on 10th and Chestnut Streets connected via a bridge to Jefferson Hospital
  • Jefferson Hospital of Neuroscience Garage on 9th Street between Walnut and Locust Street

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Before your visit with Jefferson's Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, here's what you can expect:

  • Opportunity to meet with a nurse practitioner, nurse and social worker
  • Completion of an individualized cancer treatment summary and follow-up plan of care
  • Copy of your care plan will be shared with other healthcare providers involved in your care, including your primary care provider, radiation oncologist, surgeon, and/or medical oncologist
  • Review of your medical history and a physical examination
  • Assessment to detect recurrence of cancer
  • Identification and management of the physical and psychosocial effects of breast cancer treatment
  • Screening referrals for other cancers
  • Health Promotion recommendations
  • Referrals to support and education programs and other services including lymphedema therapy, complementary and alternative medicine, genetic counseling, sexual health and counseling

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