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Cancer Care at Beacon: What to Expect

We know you have a lot of questions. We’re here for you, with a trusted team that will walk with you as you navigate your journey. From day one, we’ll connect you with a highly specialized, integrated network of cancer care specialists who will provide the compassionate and personal attention you deserve – all in one place – so you can focus on what’s most important: You.

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Preparing for Your First Visit

Your first visit can take 1-2 hours. We schedule you with the physician as well as our resource staff during this time to ensure you receive all the important information you need regarding your diagnosis.

Please be sure to bring your new patient paperwork if it was sent to you ahead of time. If you did not receive your new patient paperwork before your planned visit, you can complete it on the day you meet with your provider. You will also need:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Cards
  • An up-to-date list of any medications you’re taking, or you can bring the bottles to your appointment to be recorded accurately for our records
  • Please bring any medical records and/or scans that you may have
  • List of any other questions you have for your care team
  • Notebook and pen to take notes
  • We encourage you to bring someone who can join you in the appointment and take notes for you if needed.
  • Both Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital offer free valet parking and dining options.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll connect you directly with a highly trained team member who will initiate your journey and help you understand what comes next — every step of the way.

This means that if your cancer is particularly unusual or if the most effective treatment plan is not clear-cut, your oncologist can request a second opinion from Mayo Clinic on your behalf. You would not need to travel. We connect with Mayo Clinic and you receive your second opinion without ever leaving homeand no cost to you.

We have navigators who work with you and your care team to answer all of your questions, providing advice and emotional support when you need it.

These nurses have first-hand experience treating cancer patients. They understand cancer and how it’s treated. Your nurse will walk side—by—side with you throughout your treatment as a member of your support team — your key to our care approach.

Our healthcare professionals span many areas of cancer care and work collaboratively to ensure a well-rounded treatment experience. These include:

  • Medical Hematology and Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedic Oncology Surgery
  • Gynecologic Oncology and Surgery
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists
  • Genetics Counseling
  • Nurse Navigation
  • Social Work and Case Management
  • Financial Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Patient Assistance Coordinators
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Pharmacists

We understand that treatment can impact your life in a variety of ways. We are here to provide the support you need in whatever capacity necessary —from talking to your family about your cancer and its treatment to managing stress to financial guidance and more.

You are at the core of your cancer care team. We will educate you on what to expect along the way, what treatment options are available and how those options may impact your life.

With guidance and participation from our highly skilled clinical staff, you have control over every aspect of your journey here at Beacon — so you can make informed decisions that are right for you.

We're in this together, from day one.

Our staff checks insurance eligibility prior to your visits. We also encourage you to check your network benefits before your first appointment to ensure coverage.

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