What to Expect
What to Expect as a New Patient
After your initial referral to the UF Lung Cancer Program, a representative from our coordination office will contact you. This person will work with you and your referring doctor(s) to obtain your medical records and insurance information.
We will then review your records carefully and determine the next step in your care. Once we do, you will be contacted to set up appointments for any necessary testing, doctor visits, and other considerations that may apply.
If your appointments are booked far enough in advance, we will mail you information on directions, what to bring, and what to expect. However if your appointments are scheduled before our packet can reach you, we can provide this information over the phone or by e-mail.
Every patient’s course of action will differ, depending on a variety of factors. We develop treatment plans on a case-by-case basis. Read on for a general overview of our system. Please keep in mind that you may not have this exact experience, depending on your individual needs.
When we receive your referral, we may determine that you need additional x-rays, scans, or other tests to complete your diagnosis. It is possible that you will need to see a pulmonologist (lung doctor) and/or a thoracic (chest) surgeon, who may wish to perform a biopsy on your area of concern.
When we have collected all appropriate diagnostic information, you may be scheduled to see a thoracic (chest) surgeon, or you may be scheduled into our Multidisciplinary Clinic. In the Multidisciplinary Clinic you will be evaluated by a number of physicians, including a medical oncologist and/or a radiation oncologist.
At these appointments, your doctors will perform a thorough review of your condition, your history, and testing to date. You may also be visited by representatives from other services, such as social work, to determine and address any non-medical needs you may have. The providers you see will then make a preliminary recommendation for your treatment.
No matter which course of action we recommend initially, your case will then be presented at our weekly Lung Cancer Conference. At this conference, our team of skilled cancer physicians meets to discuss your case and review your radiology images and pathology slides. The team then agrees upon a plan of action to best manage your cancer. After the conference, we will notify you of our recommendation, and any subsequent appointments or tests.
We know that you may have anxiety about your diagnosis, and that you want to make sure you are receiving the best care available. We will make every effort to keep you informed at every step of our decision-making process. We are also available to help you locate resources for your emotional well-being, and that of your loved ones. At any point, should you have questions or concerns, you may contact the Lung Cancer Navigator or representative at (352) 265-0649.