Get answers to Nashville Oncology Associate’s most frequently asked questions.
Navigating through the decisions, emotions and uncertainty that come with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. That’s why we strive to make it as easy as possible for you to understand what we do and to answer all your questions. To help in that regard, here are the answers to the questions we are most commonly asked:
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
On your first visit to Verdi, please bring the following with you:
- Insurance card
- Personal ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Physician referral (if required by insurance)
- List of medications you’re taking (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Pertinent information about your medical and surgical history
Does Verdi accept my insurance?
We accept most major and many smaller insurance plans. If you don’t see yours listed on our Insurance page, call us to inquire. Our value-based approach to cancer care means no patient is left behind. Call us at 615-284-2310, and let’s figure this out together.
Are there assistance programs available to help me pay for chemotherapy treatment?
Yes. Nashville Oncology Associates works with you to help reduce out-of-pocket costs by applying for financial assistance programs and cancer foundations. We can also help facilitate financial assistance for deductibles, copays or temporary loss of insurance.
How long does it take to get my results back?
Our goal is to have your diagnosis back in one week, and, if needed, into treatment a week after diagnosis.
Do I come to your office for chemotherapy?
Yes. Our main (Nashville) office administers chemotherapy and other injection therapies on site.
Do you do cancer surgeries?
No. Your doctor at Verdi is a medical oncologist who orchestrates your personal treatment plan, and brings together the right team, including any surgical procedures as needed.
Can I participate in clinical trials?
As a patient of Verdi, you may be a candidate for participation in these studies. We are committed to providing the best quality cancer care and participating in clinical trials is a huge part of that commitment. The decision to enter a clinical trial is up to you, and we will work with you to supply the information you need to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of your treatment options.
I need to see a hematologist. Are Verdi oncologists also hematology specialists?
Yes. Board-certified in both disciplines, our oncologist-hematologists have extensive training and skill in diagnosing and treating diseases of the blood, from anemia to clotting disorders.
Is it possible to keep working during treatment?
It’s completely up to you. Depending on your cancer, stage of your cancer, and your treatment plan, you may feel well enough to keep working, or you may want to take it easy for a while. No two bodies react the same to treatment–we encourage you to do what’s right for you, and nobody else.
Do I need to modify my diet?
While several studies have suggested eating a “clean diet” of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats rich in folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, chlorophyll, and antioxidants contributes to the prevention of cancer, there is no diet that can cure cancer. For your general well being it’s recommended you maintain healthy eating habits and avoiding excess sugar, salt, and alcohol which can contribute to other medical disorders like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
Who should I talk to about any side effects?
Your Verdi doctor is here for you every step in your treatment journey, and will prepare you for what to expect, including any potential discomfort or side effects. If you feel something is not quite right, such as a high fever or dizziness, call the office at 615-284-2310 or your doctor’s number directly.
Is there a number I can call after hours if I have questions?
At Nashville Oncology Associates, your doctor is just a text or phone call away and available any time of day. You can also call the main office line at 615-284-2310 to be directed to after-hours needs.
How do I get started?
You do not need a referral to be seen at our locations—simply fill out our contact form below, or call us directly. Or ask your primary care doctor or family doctor to refer you to our offices.
For more information or answers to you or your loved one’s additional questions, call us directly at 615-284-2310 or contact us using our easy online form.