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Becoming Our Patient

It is normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious and unprepared for what a cancer diagnosis brings to your life. Use this section to prepare for your first appointment, and to learn about the exceptional cancer care, research and technology available right here in Santa Barbara County. The Cancer Center offers many services to support you and your loved ones through the cancer journey.

Preparing for Your First Visit

Make an Appointment

At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Oncology Appointments begin with a referral from your primary care doctor.

If you or a loved one have received a referral or are interested in learning more about Ridley-Tree Cancer Center for cancer treatment: (805) 879-0670, ask for the New Patient Coordinator

If you are interested in a cancer screening or general healthcare: please contact your Primary Care Physician, or if you would like to find a new Primary Care Physician at Sansum Clinic: 1 (800) 472-6786

If you are interested in clinical trials: (805) 879-0643

If you are interested in genetic counseling or testing: (805) 879-5653

If you are already a patient and need to contact a specific department, please visit our Contact Us page.

Check Insurance Coverage

Before a visit to the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, it is important to check with your health insurance plan to understand both covered benefits and potential costs.

Review our list of approved health insurance plans.

What to Bring

Family member or friend

An oncology consultation provides lot of information which can feel overwhelming. Cancer Center physicians and support staff are here to help however, a family member or friend can help listen and provide support.

Medical record / summary

A copy of your medical records detailing medical problems and any related treatment history. Please have your current doctor send a copy of medical records to the Cancer Center in advance of the appointment. These records include:

  • Radiology Test Results - xrays, CT Scans, MRIs, Mammograms, Ultrasounds, PET scans, bone scans, etc.
  • Pathology Slides - Biopsy results from the doctor who diagnosed cancer to obtain a Pathology Report
  • List of Medications - including dosage information
Valid photo identification

 Driver's license, state ID, passport, etc.

Current insurance card

Provide us with complete health insurance information and be prepared to pay your portion at the time of service, or make payment arrangements.

List of current physicians

Including addresses and phone numbers.

List of allergies

Or a laptop/tablet or cell phone using the Cancer Center's free wireless network will be useful for writing notes and questions.

Plan Your Travel

If you are visiting Santa Barbara from out of town, these resources may be helpful:

Out of Town Visitor
Where to Stay in Santa Barbara
Transportation Services in Santa Barbara

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is an ongoing process of planning and documenting future healthcare priorities and values in the event that medical decision-making is no longer possible. If a plan is not already in place, discussions should begin at the time of a diagnosis.

Sansum Clinic offers Advance Care Planning Services to help with preparations for your future.

Download the Advance Health Care Directives form: