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Meeting your Doctor

Your first meeting with your doctor is important, as it begins the conversation about how your cancer treatment plan will begin and proceed. This may be a long consultation, to ensure that both you and your doctor are completely clear on all of the details of your treatment.

Your first consultation will usually follow a three-step process: 

STEP 1 - Your doctor will review your records, conduct an examination, and discuss your diagnosis and preliminary treatment plan.

STEP 2 - You may be asked to see additional specialists or undergo additional tests or procedures. These tests and procedures will help determine the best course of action for your particular cancer treatment plan.

STEP 3 - Your doctor may discuss participation in a clinical trial. If so, a member of the research team will meet with you to discuss the clinical trial in detail.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.