To make the most of your appointment with Dr. Holmes, it is helpful that you come fully prepared. If you are unable to obtain some of the information listed below, please let us know and we will help you obtain them.
Questions: Prepare your list of questions before your appointment and bring them with you to make sure that you do not forget to ask about specific things you want to know.
Companion: Bring A Family Member or Friend to provide emotional support, an extra pair of ears, and an aid to help you write down things that you learn during your appointment.
Family History: Learn about your family history of cancer. The history of cancer among female and male relatives and their age of diagnosis might influence the advice that you receive. Ask your parents and/or siblings if they know of any cancers among immediate or distant blood relatives of which you might not be aware. Write them down, including the approximate age of diagnosis, and bring the list with you.
List of Doctors: Please bring a list of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all of the doctors who care for you so that Dr. Holmes can discuss your care with them and provide them a copy of his records. Please include the contact information for your primary care doctor, gynecologist, internist, family practitioners, surgeons, etc. Please provide their complete name (first and last), office mailing address (including suite #), office phone and fax numbers, and email addresses if you can get them.
General Questionnaire: To make your visit more efficient, please complete the attached health questionnaire before your visit. Please bring the completed health questionnaire with you for your first appointment with Dr. Holmes.
Mammograms: Bring your Mammograms Images and Printed mammogram reports from your mammograms performed over the last 3-5 years. Most Mammography or Breast centers will give you your mammogram images and reports on a Compact Disc (CD) or DVD. Reports may also be faxed to our office at 1-818-630-8681.
It is best that you hand-carry your mammogram images or CD to ensure their safe arrival to Dr. Holmes’ office. However, you may have your mammograms films and reports sent directly to Dr. Holmes in advance of your appointment by UPS or FEDEX. Remember to obtain a tracking number.
Ultrasounds: Bring your Ultrasound Images and reports from your ultrasounds performed over the last 3-5 years. Most imaging or breast centers will give you your ultrasound images and reports on a Compact Disc (CD) or DVD. Reports may also be faxed to our office at 1-818-630-8681.
It is best that you hand-carry your ultrasound images or CD to ensure their safe arrival to Dr. Holmes’ office. However, you may have your ultrasound films and reports sent directly to Dr. Holmes in advance of your appointment by UPS or FEDEX. Remember to obtain a tracking number.
Pathology Report and Slides: Dr. Holmes will want to review a copy of your printed pathology report. Pathology reports should be hand carried or faxed to our office prior to your visit at 1-818-630-8681.
He will also want to have your pathology slides reviewed for a second opinion prior to surgery. Pathology slides are small, rectangular pieces of glass on which thin slices of your breast tissue have been applied. Please ask the office or lab that interpreted your pathology results to give you some of your slides for independent review. Two (2) to five (5) glass slides are usually placed in a small plastic box or cardboard tray to protect them from breakage.
It is best that you hand-carry the box of slides to ensure their safe arrival. However, you may also have them sent directly to Dr. Holmes in advance of your appointment using UPS or FEDEX. Remember to obtain a tracking number. Dr. Holmes’ office will request the slides directly from the pathology lab if you are unable to obtain them.
Mail / Delivery Address: Please mail or courier your CDs/DVDs and/or pathology slides to Dr. Holmes’ office at:
Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS
Director, Sam and Grace Carvajal Comprehensive Breast Center
1505 Wilson Terrace, Suite 370
Glendale, CA 91206
Please remember to obtain a tracking number for all express mail deliveries. We recommend using certified mail or Priority mail for all U.S. Postal deliveries.