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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

Medical Questions

Surgery Questions

Insurance Questions

General Questions: (back to top)

  • What should I bring to my first appointment?
    Your ID, insurance card and filled out paperwork from our office
  • What information should I bring about the medications I'm currently taking?
    Name, dosage, and times per day for each medication
  • If my doctor is referring me to you, should I call your office and make an appointment?
    Please allow us to contact you after we get all the needed documentation from your physician.
  • Which other specialists will I have to see?
    It depends on your presenting issues and course of treatment we prescribe. Common specialists that work with Dr. Morris are radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nutritionists, physical therapist, and gastroneurologist.
  • How will you communicate with my doctor?
    We make sure to send progress notes, imaging, all notes from each office visit to your doctor to keep him abreast of your treatment.
  • What is the best way for me to reach you about questions I may have?
    Please call the office during office hours (M-F 8:30-4:30). For URGENT after hour concerns, your call will be directed to an answering service. Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
  • What if I want another opinion?
    It's often to get a variety of opinions. If you'd like help deciding which doctor to see, we can assist you with that.
    How can I find out more about my kind of cancer?
    We want to make sure you have as much information as you want about the cancer you're dealing with. We will discuss information with you during office visits. We have many links on this website filled with helpful information. And we also utilize nurse navigators when appropriate.
  • Can I bring someone with me to the appointment?
    Please feel free to bring support people with you to any and all of your appointments.
  • What do I do while I wait for my first appointment?
    Waiting for your first appointment is often hard. Unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise, you don't need to make any diet/lifestyle changes, etc. We do what we can to get you in as soon as possible. Many people use this time to seek information about their particular kind of cancer. Please see our links page for helpful information.
  • I have a friend/family member with cancer who needs a good doctor, can I send them to you?
    Absolutely! Referrals from patients is one of the best compliments you can give us. Please let us know if we can help. Call the office for more information.

Medical Questions: (back to top)

  • What is cancer?
    Cancer is a malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division. These cells continue to grow and can spread into other parts of the body. There are over 100 types of cancer and each is classified according to the type of cell that is initially affected.
  • What causes cancer?
    Utlimately cancer is caused by the out-of-control cell growth of cells that don't die. Normal cells grow, divide and die, but cancer cells continue to grow and divide which leads to a mass of abnormal cells. Many factors contribute to the development of cancer and may be different from one person to the next, but include such things as smoking, certain types of viruses, ionizing radiation, and chemical carcinogens.
  • Is cancer hereditary?
    Some forms of cancer that are hereditary, but many are not. Breast, ovary and colon cancer, among others, suggest some hereditary factors. It will be important for your doctor to have a detailed family history when you come in for your visit.
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  • How do I prepare for a PET/CT scan?
    For detailed instructions click here
  • How should I prepare for my diagnosic imaging appointment?
    For detailed instructions click here
  • How do I take care of my JP drain?
    For detailed instructions click here

Surgery Questions: (back to top)

  • How long will I have to wait to have surgery?
    Typically, it takes 2-3 weeks to schedule surgery as there is an authorization and insurance process that must be completed. We do our best to get you in as quickly as possible.
  • General Pre-Op Instructions
  • General Post-Op Instruction
  • Where do I go for my surgery?
    Generally, surgery takes place at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital on NW 22nd Ave, Portland. Dr. Morris also has privilages at Providence Hospital.

Insurance Questions: (back to top)

  • Do I need to bring my insurance card to every appointment?
    No. You only need to bring your insurance card to your first appointment unless your insurance information changes.
  • Do I need to bring my ID to every appointment?
    Yes. State regulations require us to check your ID at every appointment.
  • Do I need to bring a co-payment to every appointment?
    It depends on the reason for the visit. For initial and pre-op visits, a co-payment is required. For post-op appointments 90 days or less after surgery, no co-payment is required.
  • What insurance companies do you work with?
    Blue Cross Blue Shield, ODS, Providence, First Choice, Health Net, United Health Care, Medicare, AARP, Family Care (with referral), CareOregon
  • What if my insurance isn't listed?
    Services from us would fall under an out of network benefit.
  • What if I don't have any insurance?
    For unisured patients we offer a generous payment plan as well as a sliding fee scale for those in need.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    Yes. Please talk to the front desk for the needed paperwork.
  • Do you offer a sliding fee scale if I'm uninsured?
    Yes, we use the rates set by Medicare which calculates eligibility based on the Federal Poverty Level and family size. To view chart outlining basic rates, click here
  • How is the cost of surgery determined?
    Surgery cost is determined by three factors: 1. ICD9 code (diagnosis) and 2. CPT code (procedure) 3. Your insurance company.