A: The Medical Release Form authorizes your hospital or facility where you had surgery, or a procedure, to submit copies of your records to the Registry. This form is optional. If you choose to share your medical reports (operative report, cytology report, and pathology report), you will need to sign the Medical Report Release Form. These documents are typically transferred free of charge, but if your physician or hospital requests payment for transfer of this information to the Registry, this expense is typically small. In order to make this process logistically less complicated for the Registry, we would ask you to bear this expense as your contribution to the Registry. If you are unable to make this investment, it does not mean you can’t remain a participant in the Registry providing the other sources of information for research.
Additionally, the Registry may be able to secure funding in the future from donations or grants, for example, to pay fees associated with transferring your medical reports. If you are unable or unwilling to make the investment of paying potential fees, then please send an email with the details including the amount of the fee and to whom the fee needs to be paid to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Registry will deal directly with the hospital or your doctor to get copies of your medical reports once funding is secured to pay the fee.