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Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Centre

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WHAT TO EXPECT

​​​​​​We will communicate your appointment time to your referring physician's office. If you do not receive confirmation within a few weeks, please ask the office to follow up on the status of your referral.


What To Bring

  • CD or DVD of your imaging studies
    Your referring doctor may give you a CD or DVD of imaging studies such as X-​raysCT Scans, or MRIs you may have had done. If so, it is very important to bring this CD or DVD with you.

  • List of all medications you are currently taking
    This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.

  • Medications that you need to take
    Appointments can take several hours. Bring with you any medications you normally take during the day.

  • Record of any changes
    Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed since your last visit, and bring these notes to show your doctor

  • A trusted friend or family member
    A friend or family member can give you emotional support and can help you make good choices. They can also help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.

  • List of doctors and hospitals
    Bring a list of doctors you have seen in the past and who may have information about your blood work. Also bring the names of the hospitals where you have been treated. 

  • Questions to ask
    Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember everything you want to ask.

When You Arrive

The first person you meet at the Gamma Knife Centre is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or other provincial health card).

Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire

You will be given a form to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have.

The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you chose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.

Learn more about Health Equity at UHN.

How Long Will Your​ Appointment Be?

When you are given a clinic appointment, you will be seen by a team of neurosurgeons and radiation oncology doctors.  Your clinical information and imaging will be reviewed.

If gamma knife radiosurgery is recommended, you will be shown a video of what the procedure is like, and what to expect. You will have ample time to ask questions.  Your treatment date will be booked at that time. 

We do everything that we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.

Before You Leave

At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don't get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.

After every appointment, a staff member will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.

If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are ​here to help you.

About Phone Calls

We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. 

We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly – and you do not have an answering machine for us to leave a message – you may need to call us again.