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    Is your Doctor Good at some things, while not-so-good at others?

    Asked by GGP on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Is your Doctor Good at some things, while not-so-good at others?

    My newest Oncologist, she is fantastic at sitting with you, giving you time and explaining things. I've lost the last 2 to being promoted to other cancer facilities, both of them were in and out in a flash, but were top notch, top of the food chain Dr.s. It seems like they just can't get the whole package together, be good with you, and still be the top on the medical side.
    How are your Doctors?

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    • Sunnysideup's Avatar

      I would say mine is like the first two of yours, a great doctor, seems to be smarter than anyone around, but spends very little time in the room with you, in says a few things, gives the nurse some paperwork, and gone. I have to tie him down to get him to stay and answer questions. Frustrating.

      over 7 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I'm lucky enough that my oncologist is both. He's the best doctor around here. Any time I tell another health care worker that he is my oncologist, they rave about him! His knowledge is incredible. The information that comes out of his mouth amazes me and of course he's got a ton more stored in his brain so I know that he knows his stuff. He also has the best bedside manner, as well! He will spend tons of time with you. Everyone knows now that our appointments with him will usually start late but we all know that it's because he takes so much time with each patient so it's worth it. His physician assistants are also fantastic. I have never seen a doctor work like he does.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I love my Oncologist. When he comes into the room it's like BS-ing with a buddy. There isn't a lot of "doctor talk" between us. He's just a cool guy who has done a FANTASTIC job looking after me and continues to do so. Couldn't ask for a better Oncologist!!

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      My medical oncologist is okay. My surgical oncologist is the greatest and is leaving his practice to devote more time to administrative duties at the hospital as he is the head of oncology and keeps trying to retire but no one will let him. When he told me in February that he is leaving, I looked at him and told him, "no". Unfortunately, he's not listening to me...

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My first renal cell oncologist was rated one to the 10 ten doctor's in his specialty 10 years in a row. he was wonderful, but just could not seem to run on time. i considered myself lucky if i saw him within an hour of my appointment. He really took the time to talk to with me, and once ran down to look at the original scans to answer a question I had, because he had only received the report. He left to run the oncology department of another hospital so I switch to his replacement - who I really like and has a wonderful sense a humor.

      My breast oncologist runs a tighter ship when it comes to appointments, and is very collaborative and it never feels like i am being rushed. He tends to start with the negative and then after you look shocked, goes on to the positive and explains why my case is unique, I have his e-mail, and he answers promptly, he even calls to check on me at night and week-ends when i'm having treatment issues. My main issue, which i spoke to him about was the fact that he is very ambivalent about ports. I was on oral chemo for 3 year when i was just being treated for Kidney cancer. Right before i started infusion treatment he said "you may, want to get a port, some people do, other's don't. If you decide you want one, we can always arrange to have one inserted. Well 7 weeks later, with black and blue arms, and literally know usable arm veins i wrote him an e-mail and had the port procedure. Most doctor's know about what happens and the side effects of treatment, but don't fully understand the patient experience. Bless the nurses and nurse practitioners, they're the ones who really give me the best practical advice - like there is no reason to be in pain - here's a prescription for lidiciane to put over your port a 1/2 hour before blood draws/infusion.

      over 7 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I live in a place where I cannot get a specialist so I need to fly 2+ hours to another state. The last time I saw my specialist (3 weeks ago) the one I used to see has moved on and I had a new one. This new one is not a good listener and changed my regimen without listening to why it was the way we had it. It is so hard to find a doctor who understands that you know how your body responds and is willing to work with you on it, then when you so they move on. It is very frustrating. Tracy

      over 7 years ago
    • hogfan03's Avatar

      Mine sounds like your first two. He is a very good smart and knowledgeable oncologist but I have to remind him I have more questions for Jim before he rushes off. My mom's oncologist was both great with his job and had great bedside manners. Too bad he didn't specialize for my type of cancer!

      over 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I have had three doctors during this journey. They all were pretty prompt with appointment times, much better than my family doctor. Never quite figured that out...My radiation oncologist was pretty good, never seemed to be rushed, and has a twinkle that always made me think that Zach Galifinakis was lurking behind that lab coat. My medical oncologist is a little stiffer...I get the impression he maintains that professional distance because so many of his patients die. He tends to explain things, but not a lot of detail unless you ask. Having said that, his staff is exceptional. My surgeon is my favorite of the 3...he has whiteboards in his offices so he can draw pictures of my insides (except he's not the best artist). He spent lots & lots of time with my husband & I explaining what was going on, and what would be happening. I knew I was going to like him when he was tattooing my tumor, and asked if I would like a skull & crossbones, or perhaps a sailboat. And he says "bum", rather than "butt"..I always feel like I am in the middle of a British comedy. I don't know that any of these guys are tops in their field, but they certainly did fine by me.

      over 7 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I feel so lucky to have my oncologist! He specializes in my type of cancer, (MMMT), and always takes time to answer all my questions. I love that he tells me exactly what he believes is the best course of action, but then also gives me the alternatives so I understand my options. I have a deep respect for him, and I also love the fact he hugs me every time I see him. I don't believe I've ever had a doctor that hugged me. That may sound silly, but it has meant a lot to me.

      over 7 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I see I got edited...I should say that my doctor says a word that rhymes with thumb, not the a-word that the Brits use to refer to the posterior. I guess either way it would be a British comedy :)

      over 7 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      Mine has made it a point to always take time to answer all of my questions. I didnt care if he ran behind. it meant he was giving his other patients the same attention I was receiving. He is insightful and clearly spelled out my options. When the wheels fell off, he was at the hospital daily. He was my protector, and took charge of my care while i was hospitalized.. My wife summed it up with one word. Fabulous. I can't thank Dr. T enough.

      over 7 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      The hospice doctor is a completely different experience than what I'm used to with doctors in a practice. He sits here for an hour if he needs to. He brought in the mail, took time to look at the family photos on the wall, and gave dad a hug. I've never seen a more human, compassionate side of doctoring than I have seen with hospice. He is exactly the doctor I want for this time in dad's life.

      Although, dad's surgeon with his first cancer was also very good at both the medical side of things and the bedside manner.

      over 7 years ago

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