What to Expect
Patients refer themselves to the Center or are referred by their primary care provider. The first visit usually lasts 60 to 75 minutes and you can expect:
- Medical evaluation and history
- Physical examination, diagnostic evaluation and consultation
- Honest, detailed discussion about possible side effects and treatment outcomes
- Laboratory or X-ray testing (if necessary)
- Follow-up visit will be scheduled to discuss options (if necessary)
Before the first appointment, you will receive a letter confirming the day and time of the appointment, instructions on what to bring, directions to the clinic, and parking information. A day before the appointment, we will also call you to confirm the details. We ask that all of your records be sent or faxed prior to your visit. Please contact your physician to confirm that we will receive:
- All original laboratory results
- X-rays/CT scans with reports and actual films
- Pathology reports and slides
- Any medical records that pertain to your medical history, as well as those regarding your cancer
Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers Library Available
Our Program Coordinator offers one-on-one assistance in accessing any information you need, including:
- Web access with recommended web sites
- Research articles from up-to-date sources
- Videos available to watch onsite and check out
- General information on diagnosis, staging, treatments, managing side effects, and post treatment outcomes and options
- Nutrition and lifestyle counseling
- Information on therapy groups, community efforts, financial aid and other means of supporting families with cancer
Your Family Is Important
We understand the importance of having a personal support "team" at your side. We encourage you to bring family members or friends to any appointments, procedures, or treatment discussions.
Finding the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers Is Easy
We are located on the 4th floor of the Mayo Building, Suite B435. Our newly renovated clinic can be accessed through the main lobby of the University of Minnesota Medical Center (hospital). Take the public elevators to the third level, and follow the signs to the left. As you enter our clinic, you will actually be on the fourth level of the Mayo Building. The information desk in the lobby can supply directions.
Parking is available at the Patient/Visitor Ramp on Delaware Street (between Harvard and Walnut Streets). For a reduced rate, please bring your parking ticket with you for validation. Courtesy carts are available by using the wall phone at the "T" level from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Valet parking is available at the main entrance of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (500 Harvard St., SE) from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.