Jefferson University Hospitals

Preparing for Your Visit

You will need to complete this Initial Visit Questionnaire (PDF) upon your first visit to a medical oncologist.

Preparing for your appointment is the best way to assure that you have a visit that is as successful and productive as possible. You will need to set aside a certain amount of time for the visit and allow for a number of steps.

The following may help make your appointment at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson go smoothly:

  • Arrive 30 minutes early so that you have time to complete any needed paperwork.
  • Have knowledge about your medical and family history and/or bring the completed health questionnaire which may have been sent to you. This information will help us care for you.
  • Bring a list of your current medications and allergies.
  • Have your insurance information, including your insurance card with ID number and group number and prescription plan information.
  • Bring referrals from your primary care provider if your insurance requires.
  • Be prepared to pay any in-office co-payments necessary.
  • Bring any relevant radiologic images (x-rays, ultrasounds, PET, CT, MRI, bone scans and others- in either film or CD-ROM format) and pathology slides and their written reports.
  • Bring a pen and paper to take notes and written questions you would like to ask.
  • If you have one, bring a copy of your advance directive. Download a living will document (PDF).
  • Download the forms you will need to fill out and bring with you (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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