Your Visit to the Koch Center
Patients of the Koch Regional Perfusion Cancer Therapy Center are seen by surgeons at Hillman Cancer Center — the hub of the UPMC CancerCenter network — in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Your initial visit at the Koch Center may take several hours, depending on your testing needs. Here’s how to prepare and what to expect.
Before You Arrive
If you were referred to the Koch Center by your primary care physician or oncologist, your doctor will provide us with some basic information about your medical history and current diagnosis.
Our office will contact you to schedule your initial visit and then will mail you:
- A letter confirming your appointment
- Directions to Hillman Cancer Center
- A list of possible places to stay if you are from out of town
- A packet of information to fill out and bring along, if we schedule your appointment more than a week in advance
What to Bring
During Your Visit
After registering, a physician assistant will provide you with an overview of your visit and give you a packet of information to fill out (if we didn't mail it to you in advance).
The surgeon will:
- Interview you to review your medical history, medications, and general condition
- Perform a physical examination
- Order additional testing, if necessary
- Develop a plan of care that fits your individual case
If you are a candidate for regional perfusion therapy, a physician assistant will discuss: