Your First Consultation
Our oncology centres provide therapy in a comfortable and caring environment, administered by a team of professionals who all work to ensure each patient has a positive treatment experience. Understanding that patients are often anxious before their first treatment, we try to make your appointments as stress-free as possible and suggest that you bring somebody along with you.
It is important that you supply all previous records and reports that you may have and that you bring your ID document and your medical aid card with you. At your first consultation your doctor will review the results of investigations confirming your diagnosis as well as your previous and current medical history. Be sure to give us a list of all current medication (conventional and alternative/natural), any chronic medical conditions, and any serious prior illnesses. If a family member has ever had cancer or any other illness, it is important to mention it to your doctor.
Your first consultation will focus on your diagnosis and the treatment options available to you. Depending on your options, you may be referred to other oncology–related specialists at ABJ Inc.
When a particular treatment is recommended, the treatment will be discussed in broad outlines and a more detailed conversation will take place during your follow-up appointment. You are welcome to ask any questions that you may have – we are here to put your mind at ease.
After the first visit you will have some time to digest, think, and obtain more information. During your second visit your doctor will discuss your treatment in more detail and you will be given the time to ask any questions that have come to mind.
Your doctor will then send your treatment plan to the authorisation department, who will liaise with your medical aid for approval. You will be kept up to date with the outcomes and once approved your treatment can begin.
Before starting treatment, your doctor run through your treatment plan again, paying special attention to the management of side effects. You will also be given contact numbers to phone during and after hours should the need arise.
Follow Up Consultations
For patients who do not require treatment or have completed treatment, follow-up appointments are aimed at ensuring your health. Your follow-up schedule is determined by the type of cancer and the risk of recurrence. These consultations may be needed for a number of years after your initial diagnosis or after treatment. They are done to monitor for any signs of recurrence of cancer, to screen for the development of new cancers and also to check-up on the long-term side effects of treatment.
These follow-up consultations may be done with your treating doctor or general practitioner at ABJ Inc. Please note that depending on your medical aid, you may need to apply for authorization before each follow-up visit.