Algoma District Cancer Program (ADCP)
Preparing for Your First Appointment
Your first appointment may cause feelings of anxiety, and you may have difficulty absorbing all the new information you are given. We recommend that you invite a family member or friend who can support you and take notes. If you cannot arrange for someone to accompany you, our volunteers are here for you. All you need to do is ask!
You may wish to make a list of questions and concerns for your doctor. Some patients find it helpful to keep a diary or bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Here is a link to the What to Bring/First Visit Checklist. It provides a list of things you should bring with you to your first visit:
Additionally, before your first visit, we ask all patients to complete the ADCP Patient Data Form and submit it via email* using the “Click to Submit Form” button on the PDF, or emailed directly to NewPatientDataForms@sah.on.ca.
Alternatively, the form can also be dropped off in person at the ADCP’s front desk.
*Sault Area Hospital does its best to ensure that any information submitted to the hospital remains private and secure. However, while rare, the potential for security risks exists when submitting information electronically, in that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed by unintended parties. By submitting your information electronically, you understand and agree to any potential for security risks.
On The Day Of Your Appointment
At each appointment, you will need to fill out “Your Symptoms Matter” in which you will be asked questions about your symptoms such as pain, appetite and wellbeing. These responses will help your healthcare team to understand how you are feeling and track changes over time so that your symptoms can be managed appropriately.
The oncologist will plan your treatment with you after your examination and test results are completed. If you require cancer treatment, you will have a separate appointment where a Registered Nurse will provide you with all the information you will need.
Your Follow Up Schedule
ADCP Treatment Options
Your oncologist will determine the treatment plan best for you. Your treatment may include: