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Your First Visit

Advanced brain and spinal tumor care begins here

For your first brain and spinal tumor appointment, arrive about 30 minutes early to check in with the receptionist and complete new patient forms.

Although there may be additional forms, such as insurance and consent forms, you can save time if you download and complete our new patient forms at home and bring them with you.

Your appointment

You and your oncologist (cancer specialist) will meet and discuss your symptoms, family history and concerns. You will also receive a thorough physical exam and diagnostic imaging tests that may include:

  • CT (computed tomography) – X-rays are used to produce multiple images.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – A magnetic field and radio waves produce detailed images.

If you need further testing, most procedures can be performed the same day of your visit, or within a day or two.

A few days after your visit, your oncologist will review the test results with you and discuss the best treatment options for your condition, including any available alternatives. You may also be able to participate in a clinical trial that may be beneficial to you.

What to bring

  • Medical insurance cards. We accept most insurance providers, and our staff will work with you before your appointment to ensure that you have the coverage you need.
  • Personal identification (current driver's license, state ID, or an envelope showing your current, permanent address).
  • All relevant medical records, including X-ray films, lab results, reports and pathology slides.
  • A list of all medications you currently take, including any over-the-counter medications.
  • Bring a family member or friend who can listen and take notes for you. A tape or digital recorder is also very helpful. This will ensure you don't overlook or forget anything.
  • Write a list of questions for each visit. If you're not sure where to start, download a list of questions specific to your tumor type.

Medical records

We will help you gather the necessary information for your first appointment. You may need to obtain X-ray films and pathology slides from healthcare providers other than The University of Kansas Health System. You may be required to authorize the release of confidential information.

To get your medical records from our health system, download our authorization form and send or bring it to:

The University of Kansas Health System
Medical Records Department
5799 Broadmoor, Suite 200
Mission, KS 66202

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

You can also fax your form to 913-588-2495.

Our locations

We offer four convenient locations throughout the Kansas City area.