At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, we do a type of immune effector cell therapy called CAR T-cell therapy (Chimeric antigen receptor T-cells).
CD or DVD of your imaging studies.
Your referring doctor may give you a CD or DVD of imaging studies you may have had done such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds. 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.
See also: My First Appointment at UHN »
Medications that you need to take.
Appointments can take several hours. Bring with you any medications you normally take during the day.
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.
Questions to ask.
Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember everything you want to ask.
See also: Treatment Decision-Making and Questions to Ask »
Snacks to eat while you are at the hospital.
Reading material or other diversions while waiting for your appointment
Learn more about what to bring »
The first person you meet at the IEC Clinic is the Patient Flow Coordinator (PFC). To sign in with the Patient Flow Coordinator 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).
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments.
- First appointments take 2 or more hours. After your visit to the clinic, you may need to go to the Blood Collection Laboratory for blood tests.
Find out where to get your blood drawn at UHN »
- You will meet your staff physician, transplant coordinator, and clinic nurse
We do our best to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays. For example, make sure your arrangements for things like babysitting, elder care and parking can accommodate a longer than usual appointment.
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.
You may also wish to ask about registering for myUHN, which lets you safely see your appointments and results from all UHN sites as soon as they are ready.
Learn more about myUHN »
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are there to help you.
Other resources that you may find helpful:
The Cancer Journey Resources include a personal guidebook and planner. These resources are available to all new patients at the Princess Margaret. You can pick up a free copy from your clinic or at the Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library. The Cancer Journey Guide Book and Planner are also available online or on the Princess Margaret Journey App.
Learn more about the Cancer Journey Resources »