Preparing for your first visit
In this video, we'll guide you through our clinic and show you where to find the services and areas you’ll find helpful as a patient at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
- Transfer your medical records. This may require a Release of Information form. Your patient care coordinator will contact any other health care providers to get additional pertinent medical records.
- Check your insurance coverage or investigate other ways to pay for your care. You will be asked to sign a financial consent form at registration.
- Check your SCCA itinerary; it lists times and locations for your appointments.
- Plan for travel, including a ride from the airport.
- Reserve housing if you’ll need it.
- Get a visa if you need one.
- If you need an interpreter for yourself or a family member, we will arrange it.
- Comfortable clothing and shoes. Wear them to your first visit.
- Financial information: Your insurance information, photo ID, referral from primary care provider if required by your insurance company, and money for parking. For information on insurance coverage and financial assistance, see Insurance and Billing.
- Medical information: List of your current medications(prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, vitamins, and supplements) and any medical history form you’ve been asked to fill out.
- Questions for your doctor. Here’s a sample.
- A friend or family member for support and a notebook and pen to take notes during your appointments.
A book, computer, music player, or handwork to pass the time between appointments. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the clinic.
- Know our guidelines to protect patients, such as alerting staff when you have cold symptoms. We ask that you not smoke, wear fragrances, bring fresh flowers, weapons, or illegal substances to any Seattle Cancer Care Alliance clinic.
- Complete a living will and power of attorney for health care, which lets you state your wishes regarding your care and appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to. Bring copies if you want these placed in your medical record.