1st Visit - New Patient Clinic
Physical examination, blood tests etc.
The Clinical Team discuss your diagnosis and prognosis (outlook for the future) and will make a general assessment about your clinical condition.
You may require a certain type of treatment (therapy) for which the clinical team will need to make a plan. This may be decided at your first visit or you may need further investigations to assist their decision making.
The team will explain your treatment options and discuss with you any available clinical trials (see The Patient Pathway - Clinical Trial Treatment).
If no trial is available to you or you select the standard treatment, the treatment plan will be discussed in detail with you and you will also receive written information.
2nd Visit - Further investigations (if needed)
If more tests are needed you will come back to the hospital for these. Then the Team will have all the information they need to carefully plan your treatment schedule and explain it to you.
2nd or 3rd Visit - Commence treatment (usually within 7-14 days from 1st visit)
Further consultation with member/s of the Clinical Team
Written informed consent obtained to start treatment
First dose of treatment; this may be oral (by mouth) or IV (intravenous, directly into the veins) or radiotherapy.
Follow Up - this will vary according to the treatment
Weekly or monthly safety / toxicity review to check how your body is being affected by the treatment, this can include blood tests, recording of any side-effects, physical examinations, scans, heart (ECG) checks amongst others which will be explained to you at the time.