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When you schedule an office visit, you may need to answer a few questions over the telephone about your
health and personal history.
Before your first clinic appointment, please forward your pertinent medical records and the medical tests
you have had and their results. Bring a list of your current
medications and your insurance card with you, and any other materials
or information requested by your doctor's office.
Check with your insurance company
to see if your policy includes care and treatment at BIDMC. We can help
if you have questions about the coverage information you receive. We
can also work with your insurance company if the company has questions
or requires additional information to determine your benefits.
Co-payments are due at the time of your appointment. We accept cash, check and credit cards.
Bring a list of questions
you have for your breast specialists, and a notebook so you can jot
We always encourage you to invite a family member or trusted friend to your
appointment to help you as you gather information about your health and
Many patients with concerning breast conditions come to our BreastCare Center for evaluation by one of our nurse practitioners. Our NPs will do a clinical exam and order any initial or additional testing that may be needed.
Any family history of breast problems or breast cancer will also be discussed with you, and we will offer recommendations for treatment and/or help you schedule appointments as needed with any of our other specialists.
Breast Cancer Patients
At most appointments, you'll first have your blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs taken.
The attending physician will see you, but you may also meet with a nurse, nurse practitioner, and/or a fellow (a doctor who is training in oncology).
Your medical history, family history, and medication list will be reviewed.
You'll have a physical exam.
Treatment options will be introduced and discussed.
Other members of your care team may include a treatment nurse, a social worker, a resource specialist, a nurse case manager, a clinical trials nurse, or a genetic counselor.
In most cases you will NOT start treatment during (or immediately following) your first visit.
Our multidisciplinary breast clinic meets weekly. If your appointment is in our multidisciplinary clinic, you can expect to spend several hours here.
Our specialists will consult with one another after they meet with you. They will also review the pathologist's recommendations, based on the slides and reports you have sent. Finally, they will present you with a written care plan that describes your treatment and follow-up recommendations.
Our clinic and multidisciplinary conference offer you an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment in order to:
Enhance diagnostic accuracy
Provide the most appropriate care, based on the location and extent of your breast cancer
Give you the broadest range of treatment choices
Personalize your care, and address your questions and concerns
Your clinic experience is comprehensive and thorough. It will take some time for our doctors to meet with you and one another before we can generate a detailed plan of care. You may need to wait in our comfortable clinic between appointments and while we prepare your care plan.
We also encourage you to invite family or a support person to your appointment. They can help you gather information about your health and treatment.
This checklist will help you and your referring doctor prepare for your first diagnostic visit to the BreastCare Center at
If your breast imaging (mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI) and breast
biopsy were done within the BIDMC system,
then we will gather these images and reports for our team of
specialist(s) to review.
If your breast imaging and breast biopsy were done outside the BIDMC system, and you are calling for a second
opinion or to transfer your care here, then you will need to gather these materials before your appointment.
Please review these instructions thoroughly and allow time to complete all
the steps. Our experts need to review pathology slides, radiology images
and medical reports before your appointment to ensure an
What We Need From You
Fax all reports and referrals to 617-667-9711
Ship pathology slides, hard-copy imaging and CDs by FedEx or UPS to:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BreastCare Center, Shapiro 5
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Please contact us at 617-667-2900 for further assistance.
The Pathology department at the facility where you had your breast biopsy
All pathology reports and the original glass pathology slides with tissue
from your procedures.
Please ship or hand-carry slides from (if applicable):