Becoming a Patient

Whether you’re a cancer patient, survivor, family member or caregiver, we welcome you to the region's first accredited and only comprehensive cancer program, recognized twice nationally by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for innovation in cancer care.

We invite you and your family to learn more about what to expect on your cancer journey at the free Cancer Basics class, held several times a month.

Download our New Patient Packet

Some things to think about as you talk with your treatment team are:

  • Write out questions prior to your health care visits.
  • Make sure to document answers to all of your questions. Repeat the answer back to your clinician to ensure you understand.
  • Bring someone with you if possible as a back-up listener.
  • Ask personal questions, including:
    • What type of cancer do I have?
    • What is staging? What is the stage or extent of my cancer?
    • What course of treatment do you recommend?
    • What can I do to prepare for treatment?
    • How do I talk to people about my diagnosis?
    • What is the goal of my treatment — am I trying to cure or to control my symptoms?
    • How long will the treatments last and what should I expect?
    • If there are side effects, is there anything that I can do to help?
    • What kind of changes will I need to make in my work, family life and leisure time?
    • What are your office hours? How do I get help after hours?
    • What symptoms or problems should I report right away?
    • Will I be able to exercise during treatment?
    • Should I consider entering a clinical trial?

Learn more by calling (225) 237-1600 or emailing askthenavigator@brgeneral.org.