Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
What to expect
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that your child can be checked in and your information can be verified.
Make sure to bring the following information to your hematology appointment:
- insurance card(s)
- co-payment for your insurance, if applicable
- referrals or authorizations from your child's primary care doctor's office, if applicable
- a list of your child's medications
- a list of questions you may have (if appropriate, you may want to have your child come up with questions that he or she is curious about)
- your child's and your Social Security numbers (for insurance purposes)
The first appointment is a chance for you and your child to meet with one of our pediatric specialists, who will conduct a physical exam, review any previous test results and obtain a medical history of your child and your family. This helps our doctors identify and prevent any possible complications and outline a treatment plan.
Your child will be seen by two doctors—a fellow and an attending. At most visits, blood drawings may be taken before or after your child’s appointment.
We encourage you to use these visits to discuss any concerns you have about your child's health, and to bring up any unusual symptoms that might indicate a health complication.
Your child's physician may also provide educational materials, such as seasonal tips on maintaining long-term care at home, information about a new medication, tips on preventive measures or information on indicators of complications.