Posted 6/28/2018 1:25 PM (GMT -8)
Hello Maldugs ~
I always follow your posts --- it's good to hear from you again.
I've been in this game for five years ... you've been in the game for over a decade.
It didn't happen overnight, but as time went along, here's the sequence of events, in terms of adding additional EXPERTISE to my medical team ...
1. My original UROLOGIST --- he got the ADT shots going for me, upon diagnosis!
2. My primary MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST --- he got the "early chemo plan" going for me!
3. My UROLOGY ONCOLOGIST --- Mayo Clinic --- I needed the benefit of his expertise & detailed scans!
4. My RADIATION ONCOLOGIST --- just added him this year, when I needed to "ZAP" a trouble spot!
Slowly, as new needs emerged, or a different perspective was needed, these doctors have formed my TEAM --- my MEDICAL TEAM!
Each one has played his part --- each one's expertise is still valued --- all of them still have input into my case.
In my particular case, my MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST remains the QUARTERBACK on my team ... he's local, I check in with him monthly, he has great acceptance in terms of adding additional experts, and he has been a LIFELINE!
In your case, I feel that's there's nothing to lose and perhaps something to be gained, by setting up a consultation with a medical oncologist.
Take your time ... ask around ... choose one that is right for YOU ... and one that will stand alongside you and offer additional ideas, advice, and expertise to help you ... now, but even more importantly, for needs that may arise down the road.
Adding a medical oncologist, in my case, was life-changing. He opened MANY new doors ... he had a different perspective ... he had many treatment ideas and possibilities ... I remain grateful to him ... he is a Godsend and a lifeline.
Just taking that STEP, and setting up a simple consultation with him, was absolutely game-changing for me. Today, he is not only my main doctor ... he has become a trusted friend.
I know when you post, it's good to hear some first-hand experiences ...
Keep us posted, Maldugs! Thankful to hear from you!
Handshake from across the miles,
CYCLONE ~ Iowa State University