What happens during a first-time visit?

A first-time visit to the Myeloma Center involves five to seven days of comprehensive evaluation, including extensive diagnostic testing, nurse and physician visits.

The Myeloma Center is located in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute on the UAMS campus. Upon arrival at the Cancer Institute, you will go to the Myeloma Center clinic on the 8th floor and check in at the registration desk. The registration clerk will confirm general information such as date of birth, address, and health insurance, and will give you a packet that contains your diagnostic testing schedule.

Diagnostic testing may include lab work, bone marrow biopsy, x-rays, MRI, bone density exam, PET scan, and unique molecular diagnostics.  Diagnostic testing will be done over three to four days.

Specially trained volunteers are available to help new patients navigate from one diagnostic test to the next.

You will meet with an intake nurse who will go over your medical history and an insurance specialist who will assist with health insurance issues and financial arrangements. You will also meet with a social worker to go over any concerns or special needs you might have.

After diagnostic testing has been completed and results have been posted in the electronic medical record, you will meet with your Myeloma Center physician.

Based on the results from your diagnostic tests, the physician might want to order additional tests or procedures at this point.* A recommended course of treatment will be outlined, and future visits to the Myeloma Center, if indicated, will be planned. Results of this first visit will be sent to your local/referring physician.

There is a lot of information to process during this first visit. It is helpful to keep a notebook and pen with you so you can write down important notes, questions and concerns. While we try to anticipate our patients’ needs, we encourage you to ask for additional information and assistance as needed.

All new patients are encouraged to attend a New Patient Orientation class, held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

*Since the physician might want to order additional testing, we recommend that you do not schedule your return flight home on the same day as your Myeloma Clinic appointment with the physician. You might want to consider purchasing a refundable ticket.