Melody Benjamin, MD
Melissa Jill Cohen, MD
John A. Glaspy, MD
19950 Rinaldi Street, Suite 310
Porter Ranch, CA 91326 www.uclahealth.org/PRanchOncology
8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Cancer/Medical Oncology, Hematology
Welcome to the cancer care office in Porter Ranch, part of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality of cancer care available.
For Your First Visit
The best care combines multiple modalities and considers the needs of the whole patient and family. UCLA offers you the best of science combined with the most effective patient-centered care. We believe that comprehensive cancer care treats the whole person, not just the disease. In the quest to optimize wellness most patients want and need information, guidance, and support that addresses all of their concerns.
UCLA patients benefit from the most advanced forms of cancer care available with access to a full range of supportive services. Teams of specialists work together to treat and assist cancer patients and their families. This multidisciplinary approach helps patients and family members confront both the immediate and long-term effects of cancer.
Patients benefit from a full range of care and support services from doctors, clinics, centers and hospitals crossing over 40 scientific and medical disciplines.
Bench-To-Bedside Translational Research Now Available In Your Community
We have established an international reputation for developing new cancer therapies, providing the best in innovative and traditional treatments. Successful targeted therapies such as Herceptin (breast and gastric cancers), Gleevec, and Sprycel (leukemia) were developed based on basic science performed in UCLA laboratories and clinical trials with UCLA patients.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
More than 350 of our physicians and scientists work across areas such as immunology, genetics, geriatrics, hematology, public health, and nursing to provide patients with comprehensive yet specialized treatment.
Close collaboration between researchers and physicians leads to scientific discoveries and improved cancer detection, prevention and treatment for patients.
It's best to bring as much information as possible with you to your first appointment, including:
Please bring copies of your written medical records to your first visit. It is especially helpful for your current doctor to send a written summary of your cancer treatment history to your UCLA doctor in advance of your appointment.
2.List of Medications:
Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking, including dosages and how often you take each medicine. Be sure to include any supplements or vitamins you take as well.
3.X-Rays, Scans and Other Films:
Please bring the actual imaging films related to your diagnosis. Sometimes, after images are taken, your doctor may provide you with the results, but not the actual films. You'll want to get a copy of these films. They can be obtained from the imaging department or facility where they were taken. The doctor who ordered the images can also assist you in obtaining a copy. Some examples of imaging films include: X-Rays, CT scans (CAT scans), MRI scans, Mammograms, PET scans, Ultrasounds.
If your cancer has been diagnosed through a biopsy, it is often important that the diagnosis be reviewed and confirmed by a pathologist at UCLA. If applicable, please bring your pathology slides. The doctor who diagnosed your cancer can assist you in getting the pathology report to UCLA.
UCLA accepts most health insurance plans and will bill your insurance company or companies directly for covered services included in your plan. If you are not covered by insurance, we generally request payment at the time of your appointment. We encourage you to review your insurance plan prior to your first appointment with us and to make sure that you understand your coverage.
Be sure to check with your HMO, PPO or employer to confirm that UCLA is included in your plan. (You can do this by calling your plan's customer service department or speaking to your employer's benefits representative.) Find out if your plan requires an authorization for your initial consultation. (Again, your plan's customer service department and/or your employer's benefits representative can help you with this.) If an authorization is required, please bring a copy of the authorization to your first appointment. After your initial consultation, we ask that you see our managed care coordinator as soon as you know that you will be receiving care at UCLA. Your UCLA doctor can direct you to our managed care coordinator after your visit.
To schedule an appointment simply call us at (818) 271-2500.
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