Keeping medical insurance and copies of your medical records
At some point after your treatment, you may find yourself seeing a new doctor who does not know about your medical history. It is important that you be able to give your new doctor the details of your diagnosis and treatment. Make sure you have this information handy:
- 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 on a CD, DVD, etc.
- Copies of lab tests showing hormone levels both before and after treatment
- If there was 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 were or are taking medicines to treat your tumor, a list of the drugs and drug doses
- If you had radiation therapy, a summary of the type and dose of radiation and when and where it was given
It is also important to keep health insurance. Tests and doctor visits cost a lot, and even though no one wants to think of their tumor coming back, this could happen.
Last Medical Review: 01/11/2013
Last Revised: 01/11/2013