Susan: First, I am glad that you went to your surgeon after visiting the onco. Unfortunately, there are so many idiots that have speciality degrees. There is a local onco that was in court last week for sexually assaulting and harrassing his female patients when they were to sick or weak to fight him off. grrrrrrrrrrr I believe to ease your own mind, I would make an appointment with another onco and get his/her opinion. Make sure that you have all of your reports and films with you when you go. Sometimes we just have to follow our gut feelings. If you need to, get a couple of different opinions. Then your mind will be at ease. You are absolutely right on how important it is to take someone with you to these appointments.
I do have a question. If this onco is so bad that your surgeon told you what he thought, then why hasn't someone reported him/her to the AMA?
Post Edited (Tavish) : 4/13/2005 3:25:11 PM (GMT-6)
Susan: I would strongly suggest that you take the advice of the gals that have posted and seek the opinion of another oncologist. As someone said, the surgeon nor, in my opinion, a md is not qualified to tell you the pros and cons of any med that deals with cancer. MK is right when she said that if the path report showed something that caused the diagnosis that you received. I would also want to know the results of the bloodwork that was done. Please follow through with the specialist in this area. I know how frustrated and angry you are right now and how extremely exhausted you are from seeing one specialist after another and having to play the waiting game. We all know it is not fun but it is better to be safe than be sorry later on.
I know the PS for many years and he is the most professional doctors you could imagine. He really knows his stuff too. He is very candid and that's one of the things I like about him. But you are right about the surgeon not knowing all what an Onc would. The surgical oncologist works with the plastic surgeon that's where I got the referral.
I do have the name of another doc that I can make an appt with. I feel like I've been beaten around with this already and I want to put it to bed. It's like I almost don't want to go to another doc and go through this again. I saw that website and was scared to post.
This is hard.
Susan: Big ((((((((HUGS)))))))). I know that you feel "beaten up and just want to put this to bed". Honest, we have all felt that way at one time or the other. But, you have to keep going. You have to find out the answers. When you get tired or feel overwhelmed, just come here and post. These gals are the best. We will all be here supporting you.
Susan: I am glad that I have been able to help you. Believe me, the gals on this board have helped me so much it's nice to be able to help someone. :) I have a gf that has crohns that also had bc. Her onco and her drs for the crohns work hand in hand as a team. I am glad that you called the surgeon's office to get the results of your blood tests. Be sure and get a paper copy of it for your files. As MK said, if you have any questions about your path report or any other report, come here and post the info. There are members that are very familiar with these and can help you understand what everything means. I still have problems understanding my blood test printouts and I have been getting them for over 4 yrs. lol Thank heavens my dd is a paramedic and understands all of this.