Get Answers to Alpha Med Cancer Center’s Most Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
On your first visit to Alpha Med Cancer Center, please bring the following with you:
- Insurance card
- Personal ID (drivers license, passport, etc)
- Physician referral (if required by insurance)
- List of medications you’re taking (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Pertinent information about your medical and surgical history
- Medical records, X-rays, other imaging or test reports
What should I expect during my initial visit?
Your oncology consultation will generally consist of a physical examination, discussion of medical history and diagnosis, probable plan of care, as well as time to ask questions and get answers. Initial consultations generally last about 1 to 1.5 hours. Please be sure to have your medical records in hand or forwarded to us in advance of your appointment so your Alpha Med physician can review them before your visit.
Does Alpha Med accept my insurance?
We accept most major insurance plans, but you can find out if your plan is accepted by visiting our Insurance page. However, changes are common. Please call us directly if you don’t see your plan listed. Call 708-928-5040.
Will I have any testing done while I’m in the office?
Your Alpha Med physician may order laboratory testing (blood work) upon the completion of your consultation. Other tests — such as CT scans, MRI, PET scans, X-rays, etc. — may be ordered and scheduled for a later date at the appropriate location.
I need to see a hematologist. Are Alpha Med oncologists also hematology specialists?
Yes. Board-certified in both disciplines, our oncologist-hematologists have extensive training and skill in diagnosing and treating diseases of the blood, from anemia to clotting disorders. If you need to schedule a hematology appointment, call 708-928-5040. Or request an appointment using the contact form on this page.
Are there assistance programs available to help me pay for chemotherapy treatment?
If you will be treated with chemotherapy, our billing department may contact you prior to your first treatment to discuss assistance programs that are available. Find out more about financial assistance on our Financial Counseling page.
Can I bring a friend or family member with me to my chemotherapy treatment sessions?
We welcome and even encourage family members or friends to accompany you on your visit. However, we do ask that you limit visitors to just one or two. Please note that children must remain in the lobby area and under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 708-928-5040. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form on this page.