• Calls back

    Asked by SandiA on Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Calls back

    Hi, I am looking for some advise and to be honest a little support. A week ago I was asked by my medical oncologist to go home and stay home and off my hip. He called the orthopedist oncologist and told me I would be having surgery in one week. Well I sat in the recliner for one week after several frustrating days got a hold of the orthopedist and he said he didn't say surgery for sure but did want to see me. I saw him yesterday I was told to come ready for surgery and the doctor said no surgery. I guess is good news but now I am trying to get ahold of my medical oncologist to say what next. Because in the meantime all treatment is being suspended until my hip issue is resolved. I have left several message but no call back. I guess what i am asking how long does it usually take you to get calls back from your doctor. Before he told me go home I was all ready to start radiation on the hip and he canceled all that. Radiation would be done by now. Just frustrated! Sandi

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I'd find a new Doctor....They are supposed to be working for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      If I don't hear back from my doctor, or anyone else for that matter, in the time period I was supposed to, I call them back and ask again. Repeat if needed. If you sit and wait for them you could wait a month. Give them a call.

      over 4 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Wow, this is simply terrible:
      Go home & rest
      Surgery maybe
      No surgery
      Call again
      No radiation

      Sandi my dear, you need to be more proactive in your medical care. Doctors who treat you
      in the manner that these two bozos have, need to be fired, and told why they were fired.

      Hopefully you live in an area where you can find some new competent medical professionals.
      What a shame that you had to put up with this kind of behavior.

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I am now "with" the University of Miami but I think today was the final call. They wanted to cancel an appointment (which they had all week to do but decided on the day of) and my ears are not attached to the phone so they called my emergency contact saying they had no idea where I was and hadnt been able to reach me which, as you might guess, set of a string of upset and anxiety, to say the least.

      The big problem, for me, is where to go from there?

      Finding a new doctor isnt all that easy, is it?

      Best witches

      over 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer (Best Answer!)

      Oh Sandi, I would be super frustrated, too. And, as others have suggested, I would probably be searching for a new doctor. Or, marching myself down to his office to demand answers.

      If I have anything I want answered, I post it on MyChart. I get a response online or a call that day.

      Since your medical oncologist set you up with the orthopedic oncologist, I presume they work together... is it possible they are still trying to decide what to do? (Even so, they should let you know.)

      Big hugs.

      over 4 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar

      Oh, wow! I agree with some of the other postings, get another doctor as soon as you can. Light up the social media!! Go to their higher-ups - like the administrator for a hospital if they're tied to one - their treatment of you and your concerns is outrageous! Call, call, call!

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      Thanks everyone. My medical oncologist just called and we had a heart to heart and ended up making up at the end. Haha! But I spoke my mind. Bottom line there will be no surgery and he is going to work hard to get me started on radiation the beginning of the week. So hopefully I will be back on treatment very soon. I appreciate being able to vent to you guys. I knew you guys would understand! Thanks Sandi

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Sandi you make me so thankful for my medical team. My insurance really went to bat for me my PCP's nurse coordinated the whole thing and called me weekly. Sometimes the calls were disappointing but she just kept at it.
      I would definitely complain to their superiors. Also let which ever doctor sent you to them know that this is the way you have been treated.

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I'm so glad you finallly got to talk to your doc. I'd be livid. But I'm really spoiled. The longest I generally have to wait, even if it's just his nurse, is the next day. If I call in the morning, I hear by the end of the day. I'm so sorry you had to endure that wait. Hang in there, and I hope the radiation is successful & not too hard on you (I've not done rad, so I don't know...).

      over 4 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar

      Hi Sandi. Happy you are satisfied after speaking with your oncologist. Sorry that you had to endure that chaos. Love.

      over 4 years ago
    • Razmataz's Avatar

      It is important to always be the squeeky wheel. Unfortunately. I would give each dr. a couple of days then start calling every day until I got a response. Just saw your response that is great!!! Just remember, you are in charge of your treatment, try to be on top of it or get a friend who is more assertive to help you stay on top of it... Your Awesome! Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Ask about physical therapy for you after radiation. They can do wonders. My radiaologist and ENT had me do specific exercises so I wouldn't have to go to PT and speech therapy.

      I've done what RAZ just said. I had a situation 2 years ago, where I called every hour for 3 days. The nurses were dismissive of the dog bite-I immediately went to the ER, where they did everything wrong. A clerk, with no special training went back and confronted my doctor. She called me and told me to get right there. An hour later I being admitted to the surgery floor at the main hospital. The nurses kept asking if I had a red streak running up my arm, no I did not have blood poisoning. I had pastuerella multocida that cancer and radiation patients get. I didn't have redness-hardly any swelling-but I couldn't move my fingers or wrist-I was bit above my wrist, and I had clear liquid coming out of the punctures. My doctor called in the elderly Alzhiemer nurse squad that takes care of messages to see what they should have talked to him about. One threw up.

      Then when my hip was hurt, my sweet PCP wanted to send me to ortho and get the best care for me. I insisted on Physical therapy-- PT did the job.

      over 4 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar

      I'm with barryboomer find another doctor.

      over 4 years ago

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