During your first Visit
On your first visit, report to the General Clinics located on Level 2. A clerk will assist you, and may ask you to complete some documentation in a waiting area.
If you have not already completed the Patient Reported Information and Symptom Management (PRISM) form, the clerk will provide you with one; it will take around 15-30 minutes to fill in.
If you were not pre-registered by phone, a clerk will interview you to complete your registration. If you require assistance, a volunteer or clerk will be available to escort you to your first appointment.
Physicians will see you in the General Clinics on Level 2. A registered nurse may see you on your first visit too. Volunteers are also available to help and support you, and answer any questions you may have.
Your oncologist (a cancer specialist):
- will review your medical hstory
- carry out a physical examination.
- may arrange for blood tests, X-rays, and/or scans
You may have to wait for the results of these tests before the doctor can make recommendations about the best treatment for you.
After your physical exam, your oncologist will talk to you and your family members about your ongoing care. This may include treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Treatment usually does not start on the day of your first visit. Your oncologist will advise you about your cancer treatment and the side effects of treatments.
If you have pain or other symptoms, your oncologist may help you and your family doctor manage these, or may refer you to the pain and symptom management team. Your family doctor will continue to play an important role during this process.
At the end of the visit, the clerk will book your next appointment to BC Cancer. Sometimes, no further appointment is required and you may be referred to your family physician.