What Happens During My First Visit?

 

A first-time visit to the Myeloma Institute is an extensive, comprehensive evaluation of your disease, entailing a stay in Little Rock of up to seven days. Multiple testing, nurse and physician visits, and preliminary procedures can be expected.

Upon the arrival at the Myeloma Institute clinic, located on the 8th floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, you will first go through the registration process. Health insurance information, as well as general information, will be collected. After this registration has been completed, you will be directed to visit with a financial counselor. The assistant who takes your call will send you a packet of information about the Myeloma Institute. Included with the packet are maps and a list of area hotels.

In the clinic, you will meet with a nurse who goes over past medical history, reviews our program, discusses involvement with your local physician, and identifies support services that are in place to assist you. A lot of information is presented, and this is a good time for you to ask questions. The nurse will give you a packet of orders for various tests. The next two days will be spent completing the various testing (lab work, bone marrow biopsy, x-ray and MRI, and bone density).

After testing has been completed, you will be presented by the nurse to the physician who will be caring for you. This can be a lengthy visit. The physician may want to order additional testing or procedures at this point. Based on this visit, a course of treatment may be outlined, and future visits to the Myeloma Institute, if indicated, planned. Results of this first visit will be sent to your referring physician.

There is a lot of information to process during this first visit, and there are many individuals who are available to help, including social workers and volunteers who know their way around the medical facility. Financial counselors are available to help sort through insurance issues. We try to anticipate our patients’ needs, but we encourage you to ask for additional information and assistance when needed.