• How long after diagnosis till I get an Oncologist appointment?

    Asked by lobromo on Monday, February 22, 2016

    How long after diagnosis till I get an Oncologist appointment?

    I was diagnosed o friday. My gyn told me that the oncologist would call with appt that day or Today. Never got a call.

    20 Answers from the Community

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    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I would call them. I met with my surgeon after my diagnosis and he said he would contact the specialist for me and to expect a call the next day. I didn't receive the call, but I did a couple days later. When they set up the appointment with the oncologist it took longer than I thought it should so I contacted them and found out the problem was they were still waiting for my medical records. So I jumped in and helped them to get a copy of my records faster. Sometimes it helps to call and double check. I hope you get a call soon! Sandi

      about 5 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I would call somebody and follow up. There can be mix ups, wrong phone numbers written down, etc. This is the time to be a strong advocate for yourself.

      about 5 years ago
    • ghorselady's Avatar
      ghorselady

      The medical system is not your friend. Each person in it has their own agenda. Some want to help you and God bless them. But to others its just a job. I agree with TXHills. Somebody was probably in a hurry to go home and forgot to send your number to the new doctor. Or the new doc had a particularly complicated case and forgot about you. Everything will be a battle from now on, so from now on you need to be ready to fight. If you don't have the energy, find a friend or relative who can do it for you. I sometimes wonder if they do it on purpose so that we have something to do other than worry. Remember, you are paying them to use their expertise to fix you. even if is through insurance. Just like getting your car fixed. Your health is more important than their feelings if you "bother" them with an extra phone call. If you decide to wait, use the time to find another doc with a more efficient office.

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I agree with the advice to call someone yourself. Waiting on someone else to get to you generally doesn't work too well.

      about 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I think I got an appt with my oncologist about 2 weeks after diagnosis. I think one of the surgeons helped me get the appt. I saw the surgeons first? Even though it was this long, I had my surgery 26 days after diagnosis and started chemo 3 weeks later...so in the end it all most very fast.

      about 5 years ago
    • lobromo's Avatar
      lobromo

      Thanks everyone for your responses! I called my gyno and they said that I had to have a referral from my primary care doctor? This is for the gyno oncologist. They said they had already sent my paperwork and records. Her actual words were "we have done all the leg work, now you need to get the referral from you PCP" I will be calling the oncologist directly tomorrow. This waiting is for the birds

      about 5 years ago
    • Sue_2015's Avatar
      Sue_2015

      They should have told you in the first place that you need to get the referral from your Primary doc. It might have to do with insurance requirements, but still, it irks me that so many medical offices seem to have not an iota of care about how much time they take or how much waiting they make us do. I wonder sometimes do they want to help us, or is it just a job and they get paid no matter what. Sigh.

      about 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I kinda freaked out, too, over the delay, but mine was kind of necessary. My cancer was discovered during a hernia repair. I had to wait until I had healed up a bit before I went to the gynecologic surgical oncologist. So my first appointment with my surgeon was about 2 weeks later. Then another 4 weeks before my hysterectomy. Then another 4 weeks before we started chemo.

      about 5 years ago
    • BarbraKay's Avatar
      BarbraKay

      CALL & be your own advocate. They're probably looking at your records behind the scenes, but call to be sure. God bless you, Kay

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I got the referral to my oncologist the same day I got the diagnosis, but the nearest appointment I could get was two months away.

      about 5 years ago
    • Jane1212's Avatar
      Jane1212

      I got the call from my GYN about the biopsy on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On the followingTuesday my GYN's office called and told me that I had an appointment on the 18th. They made it for me and that was first available. When I went in for appointment with Onc/Surg they offered dates for surgery and I took first available which was December 29.

      about 5 years ago
    • Marianne's Avatar
      Marianne

      My gynecologist's office made the appointment before I left his office, as I recall. We have a medical system that is accessible to all the docs, every specialty, so med records can be accessed without waiting. In the world of doc appointments, things went lightning fast for me, I think. Very good outcome.

      about 5 years ago
    • lobromo's Avatar
      lobromo

      PTL! The cancer center just called and I have an appointment for next Tuesday! Thanks everyone. I just hope my doctor will be courteous and listen to me.

      about 5 years ago
    • Sharlie's Avatar
      Sharlie

      It's possible that a referral from your PCP might be required. Every doctor's office and every insurance company work differently. Often, without the proper referral, the insurance won't cover it. But everyone is correct in that you must be your own advocate, especially now. I'm sorry you're going through this and sending you healing light and energy.

      about 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      My gyn called me at work to give me the news (great when you sit in a cube). He gave 3 options of where to go for treatment. Once I selected one, he sent my records and gave me a phone number to make my own appt. When I called for the appt, they wanted to put in within a week, but it was at 9:00 in the morning (a whole day off work, little did I know there would be many of those). So, I delayed it til the following week when I could get an appt at 2:00 in the afternoon. It turned out to be a good decision because I got the chief of the dept that way.

      about 5 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      My wonderful Gyn surgeon had the oncologist see me while I was still in the hospital... He took care of everything... I wish every doctor was like him. Anyway, I agree with the others to make the call yourself! I met in the oncologist's office about 2 weeks after I was released from the hospital & they put in the port right away & sent me to a chemo class the following week. I started chemo before the staples were out. There is such a stress with waiting.

      about 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar
      IronMom45

      36 hours later was sitting in oncologist office. And I agree with all ghorselady says: got to be own advocate! Fight and call. Be the boss!

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      When my PCP told me I had cancer, she told me I had an appointment with an oncologist the following day.I thought that was normal, but I see that I was very fortunate! When I needed to change oncologists and get into a clinical trial, my PCP hooked me up immediately with a colleague at the hospital where I wanted to go. I have always called her my.angel.doctor. Now, I appreciate her more than ever.

      about 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine was almost too fast for me to wrap my brain around it all. I had gone for the biopsy, and then the Nurse Navigator made a call for me to meet the surgeon, and then a few days later, I was getting a lumpectomy, followed two weeks later by a 2nd lumpectomy to get clear margins. And then I met the oncologist, had a port installed and started chemo. All in a period of two months.

      about 5 years ago
    • Jane1212's Avatar
      Jane1212

      Cllinda- it seems to move like that for breast cancer but not so much for uterine. I don't know if it's because there are fewer cases and therefor fewer ORs or if breast cancer is that much faster moving or just because there is so much attention given to breast cancer due to its "popularity". I think a couple of weeks before we see the Onc/surg and then another couple before surgery is not unusual for endometrial cancer.

      about 5 years ago

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