After losing my long term oncologist from Gibbs, and many delays later, finally had my first meeting on Wednesday.
The guy is from India. For the record, my VA PCP is from Egypt. He has been with Gibbs for over 18 years, but most of the time he headed research for bone marrow transplants, and is considered an expert in that area. Didn't claim to have much specific PC experience, more of a general oncologist.
He said my file was huge, and hadn't had a chance to go fully through it, yet. Said it was way too long since I had any meaningful scans, so to my delight, he ordered contrasted CT scan of lungs, contrasted CT scan of entire pelvic area and prostate bed, and a full body bone scan. These scans are being arranged.
Finally found out what my June PSA reading was, was never told, despite me requesting to know. It had gone up a full six points since March, yes, 6 points, not .6. So he ordered a new PSA test, waiting for results.
In general, he was ok with how my former doctor and I were doing things. However, he wants to meet in 3 months to re-evaluate my situation, and of course, perhaps sooner if anything is found or lights up with these new scans.
My opinion? Jury is still out, didn't spend enough time for me to have a good opinion. He was way short on the personality part, but I realize that's not the most important part. I have very complicated medical history, so to be fair, he needs time to get familiar with my myriad of issues