To schedule a consulatation with one of our radiation oncology specialists, you'll need a referral from your primary care physician or a medical specialist, such as a urologist, surgeon, or medical oncologist.
Call us at (773) 702-6870 to schedule when you have the required documents and films listed below.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEFORE SCHEDULING A CONSULTATION APPOINTMENT:
- Insurance card, driver’s license, and referral, if applicable.
- List of medications that you are taking including over the counter and supplements
- Physician’s notes
- X-ray reports (CT scans, PET scans, MRI, bone scan, etc.) and x-ray films (now on CDs). Obtain these from the x-ray department.
- Pathology and operative /procedure report. For Pathology slides, call the Pathology department.
- Recent laboratory reports
- Discharge summary from hospitalization
- Chemotherapy notes
- Radiation records including Physics documents. (Isodose plan, beam set-up, and histogram in color, simulation/port films if you received radiation before the 1990s
Call us at (773) 702-6870 to schedule when you have the required documents and films.
Your initial consultation will require some preparation on your part. You will need to bring:
- Health insurance card with your policy number and name of policy-holder (spouse or other family member whose name is on the insurance policy), and policy-holder's social security number. Bring this card to each appointment, in case we have a question about billing.
- Employer's name, address and phone number, if you are covered under your employer's insurance program.
- Referral authorization letter, if you are in an HMO or PPO.
- Medicare card, your date of retirement and your spouse's date of retirement.
- Your Advance Directives ("Living Will").
- Referring physician's name, address and phone number.
- List of medications you currently take, including over-the-counter medication.
- Patient Initial Consultation form.
- Valuable jewelry or watches. You will have to remove them during the examination and treatment, and we cannot be responsible for these valuables.
- Large amounts of cash.
In most cases, you will need to change into a special gown for treatment. Therefore, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes that are easy to change. For your security and convenience, lockers with keys are located in the dressing area.
Lake Shore Drive
Exit Lake Shore Dr. at 57th Dr. (you will see the Museum of Science and Industry). Follow 57th Dr. to the left as it curves around the museum and becomes Cornell Dr. Shortly after passing the museum, turn right onto the Midway Plaisance (just after the University of Chicago sign). Follow the Midway Plaisance west through the University campus to Cottage Grove Ave. (traffic light). Turn right onto Cottage Grove (north). Go three short blocks and turn right again at 57th St. (traffic light). Go two blocks east and turn right onto Drexel Ave. Go one block south and turn right onto 58th St. Drive one block to the Center for Advanced Medicine.
Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94)
Exit local lanes at 55th St. (Garfield Blvd.) and turn east. Travel east on Garfield Blvd. about one-half mile to Washington Park. As you drive through the park, follow the signs leading you to the Center for Advanced Medicine. When you reach 57th St. (traffic light), turn left. Go three blocks east to Drexel Ave. and turn right. Go one block south and turn right again on 58th St. Follow 58th St. one block west to the Center for Advanced Medicine.
I-90/Chicago Skyway or Stony Island
Follow Stony Island north to the Midway Plaisance (after 60th St.) Turn left (west) onto the Midway Plaisance and continue to Cottage Grove Ave. (traffic light). Turn right. Go three short blocks and turn right again at 57th St. (traffic light). Go two blocks east and turn right onto Drexel Ave. Go one block south and turn right onto 58th St. Follow 58th St. one block west to the Center for Advanced Medicine.
For your convenience, we offer discounted parking. Discounts are available for either self parking in the garage or valet parking. You may want to purchase parking coupons in the Parking Office (located in the garage) or in Patient Account Services (located in the main lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine). You can also ask the clinic coordinator for a parking stamp when you check in. Parking rates include tax.
Train and bus service is available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). For travel details, call the RTA at (773) 836-7000 or (312) 836-7000. Below are some transit options:
- Metra's Illinois Central ("IC") train travels from the south suburbs to downtown Chicago, with a stop at 57th St. at the east end of the University of Chicago campus.
- The CTA elevated train (green line) stops at 63rd St. and Cottage Grove. Walk four blocks north along Cottage Grove. The green line also stops at 55th street and campus can be reached by taking the #55 bus to ottage Grove.
- CTA bus line #4/Cottage Grove will take you to Cottage Grove Ave. and 59th St. Walk one block north to 58th St.
- CTA bus line #55/Garfield will take you to 55th St. and Cottage Grove. Walk three blocks south, one block east to DCAM.
Consent for Treatment
After your questions have been answered at this initial consultation, you will be asked to sign a "Consent for Treatment" form. Signing the consent form indicates that you understand the risks and benefits associated with radiation treatment, and that you agree to proceed with the proposed treatment plan. By signing the consent form, you do not give up your right to stop treatments, if you decide to discontinue at any time during your radiation therapy program.
You'll also be asked to complete a signature on file, release of information, patient survey, and the initial consultation form.