Scheduling Your Appointment
When you call to schedule your appointment, our staff will ask you to send us your medical records and results of specific tests (if you have them). A Nurse Navigator will review these records within 24 hours and assess the appropriate next steps. Our nurse navigators are nurse practitioners who provide care and treatment to patients.
Liver tumors can require complex care, so the nurse navigator may recommend a team of specialists from different medical disciplines to care for you. Your team, depending upon your needs, may consist of:
- nurse practitioners
- social workers
- genetic counselors
- medical oncologists
- palliative care specialists
The nurse navigator may ask you to have additional lab tests and/or a CT scan, MRI or ultrasound, depending on your condition.
Once we have the diagnosis and results of your tests, you will be scheduled for the next available appointment. The Liver Tumor clinic is open for appointments on Fridays.
Your First Appointment
At your first appointment, you will meet your dedicated team of specialists. The team will discuss with you:
- your diagnosis
- the type of treatment that will best work for you
- options such as minimally invasive surgery
- access to clinical trials, if needed
- nutrition advice
- counseling, if needed
Your team will answer any questions you might have and make sure you are comfortable with your treatment plan. At the end of your meeting, we will schedule future appointments for you.
Having an advanced, multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to your care is unique to BIDMC and provides the best possible outcomes for you and your family. Only here can you see your entire team in one place with just one appointment. We want to help you get better with care that offers comfort and convenience.
Your team will continue to meet weekly to review your case and plan next steps. If your needs change with time, your team may also change to meet these needs.