First Appointments & Second Opinions

Make an Appointment

Once you have an appointment at one of our clinics, your referring doctor’s office will give you information about where to go to for your first cancer appointment.

Preparing For Your First Cancer Appointment

Get Your Scans

We will need to see any available:

  • Scans (CT, PET, or other imaging)
  • Biopsy slides
  • Doctors' notes related to your diagnosis

Have your referring doctor send these items to our Cancer Center. Or bring a copy (CD, DVD for imaging; slides for biopsies) with you.

Get Support

Ask a family member or friend to come with you to your appointment to take notes.

Get Ready

Bring a list of questions about what you can expect after your first appointment. Also, be prepared to tell the nurse what allergies you may have, the medications you are currently taking and information about your health history and family health history.

What to Bring

Make sure to bring:

  • Paper and pen to take notes
  • List of questions to ask your healthcare team
  • List of all current medications, dietary supplements (vitamins, herbs) and their doses
  • Imaging and test results supplied by your doctor or forms if your cancer team requests them
  • Contact information for your referring doctor
  • Insurance information/card or Medicare card
  • Assistive devices you need, like canes, walkers, crutches, etc.
  • Calendar to keep track of appointments and treatment schedules
  • Items to help pass time (books, crossword puzzles, computer)
  • Blanket

When You Arrive

Once you're at your clinic location, go to the patient registration desk to check in for your appointment. If you don’t know where to go, ask for directions.

For registration, we will need your:

  • Name and current address
  • Primary care doctor’s name
  • Insurance information, insurance card and prescription card
  • Co-pay for office visit or procedure
  • Social Security number*

* We may ask for your Social Security number to be sure we have the right medical record when two patients have the same name and for some government or other programs. Providing your Social Security number is voluntary, except when government programs require it.

Traveling to the Cancer Center in Charlottesville, VA

Find a Place to Stay

While receiving care at UVA, you may need to stay in the area. See local lodging options.

How to Get Here

Find clinic directions and parking information

Need Special Assistance?

Remember to bring any assistive devices you may need. When you arrive for your appointment, let a parking attendant know that you'll need help. 

patient getting a second opinion on cancer diagnosis

How to Get a Second Opinion

We provide second opinions all the time. All you have to do is call and ask. Our specialists can review for your case and give you the information you need to make a confident decision about your care.

How to get a second opinion

Visitor Guidelines

Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

  • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

  • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
  • Two visitors can be designated
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions

Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

When you can't visit in person, you can still:

Visitor Guidelines

Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

  • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

  • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
  • Two visitors can be designated
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions

Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

When you can't visit in person, you can still: