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Prepare for an Appointment at Johns Hopkins Brain Tumor Center

The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center team thoroughly prepares for each patient’s visit. Before scheduling an appointment, the patient should fax us the following information:

  • All recent MRI scans relevant to your condition (the actual images are preferred over CDs)
  • Referrals (if necessary) 

Please fax this information to 410-955-8263.

We need this information so that we can reserve the appropriate amount of time for the visit and consult colleagues that may be of assistance in the patient’s care. The patient should not send the original films to us in advance. However, the patient should bring them to the appointment.

Scheduling the appointment

After we receive the patient’s information, one of the brain tumor care team members will review the records and call the patient to schedule an appointment. We will also send the patient an orientation packet, which includes a new patient questionnaire.

For more information and help scheduling an appointment, please call 410-955-6406.

Preparing for the appointment

We encourage patients to write down the questions they want to ask our doctors. We also encourage patients to bring a family member or friend to their appointment. This companion can help the patient travel to the hospital, listen and ask questions during the consultation, and provide the patient with the support necessary to make decisions about brain tumor care.

What to Bring:

When you arrive, please provide your new patient questionnaire if one was sent to you in advance. If you did not receive one in the mail, you can download the questionnaire here. If you do not bring the completed questionnaire to your appointment, you will be asked to complete it upon arrival.

The patient should bring:

  • All recent MRI scans relevant to the brain tumor (please bring the actual images rather than CDs if possible)
  • A completed new patient questionnaire
  • The appointment information and materials sent in the orientation packet
  • Health insurance information including insurance card(s), special forms, referrals or important phone numbers
  • Any additional medical records not already sent in advance of the visit
  • A list of the patient’s other physicians, with their names, addresses and telephone numbers
  • A list of any medications that the patient is currently taking along with the prescribed dosages
  • A pen and notebook and/or folder for keeping a list of questions to ask the doctor, taking notes and storing new paperwork or educational materials from the visit
  • Books, magazines, crossword puzzles, sewing or other items that may help pass the time

Patients from out-of-town should also bring contact information for where they are staying in Baltimore.

Learning more about the brain and brain tumors

Many patients find it helpful to learn more about how the brain works and brain tumors before the appointment. This will help the patient feel more in control and facilitate good decision-making about care.

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