Your first appointment is a time for you and your physician to meet. You might meet your advanced practice provider, too. Before this visit, your physician will have already met with a group of experts at the Liver Tumor Clinic at UW Medical Center – Montlake to talk about your condition.
Your doctor will discuss your diagnosis, the stage of your liver cancer and the current condition of your liver. They will also explain your treatment options. This visit is also a time for us to start getting to know you as a person. This helps us fit our recommendations to you. Together, you and your care team will decide what needs to happen next.
We encourage you to bring a family member or friend to your first appointment (and any future visits).
You will go to the Liver Tumor Clinic at UW Medical Center – Montlake for this first appointment. If you have advanced liver cancer, you may start by seeing a medical oncologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - South Lake Union.
Your first appointment usually takes one to two hours. You will spend about one hour with your doctor. The rest of your visit may involve checking in, going to an exam room and getting settled in, meeting other members of your team and setting up your next appointments. Here is what you can expect to happen.
Here are tips about how to prepare for your first appointment at Fred Hutch and what to bring.
As a caregiver, you can give your loved one both emotional and practical support for their first appointment. Ask them if you can help with things like these: