At Rahway Regional Cancer Center (RRCC), we understand the stress that accompanies a cancer diagnosis and how that anxiety can impact how you prepare for your first visit.
When you meet Dr. Karp, it will be clear that you are being cared for by one of the top radiation oncologists in the country. Dr. Karp and his cancer care team will walk you through an immediate, personalized and comprehensive care process that will alleviate your financial and emotional worries, as well as your physical concerns.
Dr. Karp takes full responsibility and is completely accountable for every aspect of your care, which is why he wants to provide you and your loved ones with additional information that will help navigate the process of what you can expect at your first visit to RRCC.
Please Come Prepared
To help expedite the care and treatment process we ask that you come prepared with the following information:
- Completed new patient forms
- Call your primary care physician and health insurance provider to confirm what your coverage includes RRCC. Please visit our is a comprehensive list of insurance companies we work with
- Check with insurance company prior to visiting to learn how your co-pays work
- Two forms of identification
- Updated Insurance Card
- Updated Prescription Card
- Any medications you take
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Other supplements
- Any reports, scans or requested materials
- Other completed imaging tests
- Pathology slides (if a biopsy was performed)
- Medical Summary
Your First Appointment
First impressions are an integral part of any relationship, especially the partnership between a patient and their cancer care team.
Upon entering the facility, you will be greeted by our receptionist, Carol, and welcomed as a member of our family. She can assist you with any questions you have regarding your new patient forms and will outline the expectations for your first visit.
Oncology Certified Nurses
After we collect your patient and insurance information, you will be introduced to our oncology certified nursing staff, who will work with you on patient history information and assessments.
Should you need further scans, tests or pre-certifications prior to your weekly radiation therapy sessions, our nursing staff will take the lead and book the individual’s necessary appointments to expedite and optimize the treatment process.
A cancer diagnosis is often accompanied by additional stress due to financial constraints, but our RRCC financial advocate is committed to ensuring there is no circumstance we can’t handle. Our goal is to provide you with the optimal treatment needed to give you back your life, our financial advocate will provide you with the advisement and guidance you need to navigate the fiscal aspects of your cancer diagnosis. Please check our Financial Advocacy page to ease any financial worries you may be experiencing.
Tips For Your First Appointment
Dr. Karp would like to share the following tips to ensure your first appointment is as smooth and soothing an experience as possible.
Bring A Loved One
Bring a family member or friend to act as a second set of ears. This person can ask questions you may not have thought of, assist you in getting around the medical center, keep track of appointment details and instructions.
If You Need an Interpreter
RRCC can plan to have an interpreter present at your appointment. Please let us know ahead of your scheduled appointment if you need an interpreter on hand during your visit.
Prepare Your Questions
Ahead of your appointment, write down any questions or you may have and bring them with you. Here are some key questions to prepare:
- What is my diagnosis and how soon should I start therapy?
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the benefits and potential risks of the recommended treatment?
- How will treatment impact my daily routine?
- Are their support resources available to help me cope with my diagnosis?
- Is there a specific should I call if I have additional questions after leaving the office?
Have A Notebook Handy
Asking Dr. Karp the right questions and addressing your concerns is integral of the RRCC, but please make sure you having a notebook and pen on hand so you or a friend can record answers and information.
Know Where You Are Going
Please review maps, directions and/or GPS tools so you will feel comfortable about your journey to our facility. Once on site, you will be able to park in our private parking lot.
What To Do If You Don’t Have Transportation To Your First Appointment
Our promise of personalized care begins at your doorstep.
RRCC provides door-to-door transportation services for our patients. Our van service offers convenient, comfortable, and safe ride to and from your appointment.
Best of all, this service is free of charge to our patients as part of our pledge to help make life easier, while ensuring patients receive the best treatment available.
If you need to take advantage of our free door-to-door transportation please call 732.382.5550.
Looking For More Information About Preparing For Your First Appointment With Dr. Karp
If you have any questions or concerns about your first an appointment with Dr. Karp we invite you to call our office at 732.382.5550 or visit our FAQ page.