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Becoming a Patient

First Steps

​If you, a family member or a friend has recently been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect and making plans for how to proceed can help make this stressful time easier.  You probably have many questions about the disease, your treatment options and getting the right care.  We are here to help and guide you throughout your treatment.
Making an Appointment
To make an appointment, call our intake nurse coordinator at 720-848-2869.  Our intake coordinator will help you throughout the process of becoming a new patient including helping you obtain the necessary referrals, getting the necessary medical records transferred and helping coordinate care with your existing physicians. 
When you call, our intake nurse coordinator will speak with you about your diagnosis in order to understand which of our doctors will best meet your needs.  Our coordinator is extremely knowledgeable about our medical staff, has multiple years of experience caring for patients with blood cancers and is kind, compassionate and sensitive to your fears and concerns.  She is available to answer your questions about our clinic, your treatment and even possible participation in ongoing clinical trials.
Health Insurance
University of Colorado Hospital accepts most major health insurance plans. Every insurance policy, however, is different.  If you have any questions about your particular coverage, our financial counselors can work with you, your physician, and your insurance company to help you receive care. 
Preparing for Your First Appointment
Your Medication 
Please be sure to bring the bottles of all medications you take, including those prescribed by doctors and those you buy over the counter.  This should include bottles of any vitamins or herbal products you take. 
Insurance Card 
We will need the name of your health insurance company, along with other information that appears on your health insurance card.  In addition, please bring a photo ID.  If you are covered by more than one insurer, please bring both cards.
Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you.  Make sure you bring paper and pencil with you so you can take notes during your appointment. It is helpful to arrange for a friend or family member to come with you. You will receive a lot of information that might be new or overwhelming to you and having someone with you to help listen and remember will be helpful.
Frequently Asked Questions
See our Frequently Asked Questions for new patients and their families.