• 1st 3 month check up with Oncologist- any question ideas?

    Asked by thil2633 on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    1st 3 month check up with Oncologist- any question ideas?

    I am going in Friday for my first visit with my Oncologist, since I finished chemo. I call it my 'survivor visit" . I have come up with some questions to ask, I would like to know if you have any others that I am forgetting. 1. What warning signs do I look for to tell if the cancer is coming back. You hear so many stories about getting the "all clear" only to have a reoccurance. 2. What type of scans will be done in the future to look for cancer, since I had a dbl mastectomy and will no longer get a mammogram. Please help me by giving me more suggestions!

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I think the questions you have are the most important. You should definitely find out what his plan is to monitor you. Is blood work sufficient to check tumor markers or will he require you to have a CT Scan each month. You might ask if he is planning to do a PET Scan anytime soon. I remember my first check up. It was nerve racking. Has the anxiety kicked in yet? My follow ups are every three months as well. I have my next one coming up in July. I'm already nervous about it because he plans to do a CT Scan.

      over 3 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      I'm stage 2a too - I'm positive our cancers are NOT coming back!! :) I had one CT scan after my surgery and it was crystal clear - I was considered cancer free on February 15th - the date of my double mastectomy. I know the signs to look for are lumps at the scar site and swollen nodes in the area around the collar bone etc.

      My doctor said all that would be done is blood work unless there are symptoms that warrant scans. Good luck to you lady! Let us know how it goes! XOXO

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Yeah, you've hit the big two which work no matter what course of treatment you choose. You might consider making a list of potential questions (physically write it down). Don't be shy in asking anything no matter how ridiculous it might seem up front, then edit it down to what you really feel is important before you go in.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Ask when you will be getting the follow up scans. Usually you get them before the appointment and go over the results at that time. Since this is your first check up, your oncologist may want to see you before and after. As her/him how long the scans will take, and what you must do to prepare for them. For example a bone scan takes 45 min but the whole procedure takes about 3 hours because you get inject with a small amount of radioactive martial and need to wait 1-2 hours before the scan take place. You may have to be fasting for some tests and scans,

      Find out what your scan/test schedule will be. After my nepherctomy I was scanned every 3 months for 2 years, then every 6 months for 3 years, after that once a year.

      over 3 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar

      While typically I don't shut up, my mind seems to go blank some doc appointments!! I am comfortable and confident enough with my medical team that I can call and ask questions at any time. That being said, your questions may be different than another persons. Write down a list of questions that make sense for you.

      over 3 years ago

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