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What to Expect

At NW Surgical Oncology, we strive to meet your oncology needs in the most caring, supportive environment we can. You're not just another patient, but an individual with a unique set of circumstances and needs.

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To this end, we've created a warm and inviting reception area for you to wait in. Our trained, friendly staff are there to help facilitate your visit and answer any questions they can.

In order to give us enough time with you, we allot 60 to 90 minutes for your first visit. This visit will consist of Dr. Morris talking with you, asking questions and answering any questions you may have (see a list of Suggested Questions for help if you're not sure what to ask). After this initial consultation, Dr. Morris will perform a physical exam.

Support people are welcome to accompany you and are encouraged to ask questions of their own, or take notes on the visit for future reference.

For your convenience, please see the links below for answers to your questions about cancer in general as well as many specific kinds of cancer.

Our goal is to make sure you get all your questions answered and that you the most comprehensive care possible. We want you to leave the office with a treatment plan you feel comfortable with as well as the with the answers you need. To this end, we strive to:

  • Answer all your questions clearly and thoroughly.
  • Ask about your thoughts regarding the recommended course of treatment.
  • Offer alternatives, where appropriate, to the recommended course of treatment.
  • Make clear the risks of planned treatment, as well as the expected benefits.
  • Involve you and any people important to you in the decision making process.

Although each patient's situation is unique and therefore requires a variety of different services and treatment, the following is a guide to common appointment lengths to help you prepare for your time with us:

New Patient Consultation: 60 to 90 minutes

Follow-up office visit: 20 minutes

Pre or Post-op office visit: 20 minutes

Common (in-office) small procedures: 30 to 90 minutes, depending on procedure

List of Suggested Questions:

We know that a recent diagnosis of cancer is confusing and frightening with information and questions coming at your from all angles. Because of this, we've compiled a small list of questions to help you get the information you need. Please feel free, however, to ask any question you need answered while you (or a loved one) is involved in cancer treatment:

  1. Is there a firm diagnosis yet? If so, what is it?
  2. What Stage of cancer do I have if it is yet known?
  3. What is the goal of any recommended operation? Cure? Palliation? Relief of symptoms or solving immediately life threatening problems such as bleeding?
  4. Are there any alternatives to the recommended plan? If so, what are they and what are the pros and cons?
  5. What are the risks of any planned treatment and what are the risks of NOT undergoing the recommended treatment?
  6. What should I expect for recovery time if an operation is recommended?
  7. If no operation is recommended, why?

Information about Your Cancer:

Many patients and their families look for background information on their type of cancer.We recommend the National Cancer Institute's "What You Need to Know About Cancer" series as an excellent resource. The entire series is available on-line at the National Cancer Institute's web site. Documents related to NW Surgical Oncology's principal practice areas can be accessed directly from the list below:

General Information:

What You Need to Know About Cancer – An Overview
The American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org

Information by Cancer Type:

What You Need to Know About Liver Cancer
What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Pancreas
What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum
What You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer
What You Need to Know About Melanoma
What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer
What You Need to Know About Moles and Dysplastic Nevi
What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer
What You Need to Know About Stomach Cancer
What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Esophagus

Books that have been helpful to past patients:

"Breast Reconstruction Guide" by Kathy Steligo

"Just Get Me Through This" by




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