Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults

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After Treatment TOPICS

Keeping copies of your medical records and health insurance

At some point after your diagnosis and treatment, you may see a new doctor who does not know your medical history. It is important that you be able to give your new doctor the details of your diagnosis and treatment. Gathering these details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. Make sure you have this information handy, and always keep copies for yourself:

  • A copy of the pathology report(s) from any biopsies or surgeries
  • Copies of imaging tests (CT or MRI scans, etc.), which can usually be stored digitally (on a DVD, etc.)
  • If you had surgery, a copy of the operative report(s)
  • If you stayed in the hospital, copies of the discharge summaries that doctors prepare when patients are sent home
  • If you had chemotherapy or other drug treatments, a list of the drugs, doses, and when they were given
  • If you had radiation therapy, a summary of the type and dose of radiation and when and where it was given

It’s also very important to keep your health insurance. Tests and doctor visits cost a lot, and even though no one wants to think of a tumor coming back, this could happen.

Last Medical Review: 03/05/2014
Last Revised: 01/21/2016