Preparing for Your First Radiation Treatment Appointment
Coming in for your first radiation treatment for cancer can be scary and overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions about what to expect before, during and after the appointment. To help you feel more comfortable, the guide below will tell you everything you need to know for your first visit to Rahway Regional Cancer Center (RRCC).
How Do I Get to RRCC in Rahway, NJ?
RRCC is situated right next to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It’s easily accessible from St. George Ave., the Garden State Parkway and Rt. 9. Be sure to plan a route that works best for you. We recommend using a map or GPS if you’re not familiar with the area.
Once you arrive, a private parking lot is available for patients to use.
What If I Don’t Have Transportation?
We invite you to take advantage of our free door-to-door transportation service. The van will take you to and from your appointment to help make the experience smoother and more comfortable for you. Please call 732-382-5550 to request transportation.
What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?
Inside the building, our receptionist, Carol, will be waiting to greet you like family. She’ll help you get settled, answer any initial questions you might have and assist with your paperwork if needed. After that, we’ll collect your patient forms and insurance information.
Then, you’ll be introduced to our oncology certified nursing staff. They’ll sit down with you to go over your medical history and start on some preliminary assessments before Dr. Karp comes in to meet with you.
Dr. Karp is a renowned, board-certified radiation oncologist with unmatched credentials and a fiery passion for helping patients defeat cancer. He’ll do everything he can to provide you the highest quality care and will explore every treatment avenue possible. During the first appointment, he’ll go over all your questions and help ease your concerns about starting the weekly radiation therapy sessions.
If he recommends you for further scans, tests or pre-certifications before you get started, the nursing staff will go ahead and schedule the appointment(s) for you.
Here are some more tips from Dr. Karp about how to prepare for the first visit:
- Bring a friend – A loved one can offer support, help transport you to and from the center and ask questions that you might have forgotten.
- Write down your questions – Since you probably have several questions, it might help to write them down ahead of time and bring them with you. Some examples of questions you might want to write down include: What are my treatment options? What are the benefits, risks and side effects? How soon do I start therapy? How will therapy affect my daily life? Once you’ve arrived, the RRCC team will provide you with thorough, honest answers to help put you at ease.
- Take notes – Use a notebook to keep track of appointment details, write down the answers to your questions and record any other information so you can remember it for later.
What Should I Bring?
You should bring the following items to your first appointment:
- Completed new patient forms
- Updated insurance card (be sure to review your coverage plan and co-pay)
- Two forms of identification
- Updated prescription card
- Any medications you take (including over-the-counter pain relievers, vitamins, herbs and supplements)
- Any reports, scans or requested materials (X-Rays, MRIs, CTs, pathology slides, medical summary, etc.)
If you’re not sure if you need to bring something, bring it just in case or call ahead and ask. Seeking assistance with paperwork? We’re pleased to provide concierge-level service, including assistance with all types of paperwork, in order to deliver a smooth, simple experience.
What If I Need an Interpreter?
RRCC is happy to provide an interpreter to those who need it. Simply let us know beforehand so we can plan to have one present during your appointment.
How Will I Pay for Radiation Treatment for Cancer?
Undergoing radiation treatment for cancer can be financially stressful. If you’re concerned about your financial situation, please visit our Financial Advocacy center for more information, advice and guidance.
What If I Have More Questions?
If you have any additional questions or concerns, you’re welcome to contact us prior to the appointment. Call Rahway Regional Cancer Center at 732-382-5550, we are always available to take your calls.