• Looking for a good oncologist for my mom in Charlotte, NC

    Asked by Paty on Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Looking for a good oncologist for my mom in Charlotte, NC

    My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer, 4 weeks ago and she had surgery 2 weeks ago in Costa Rica. We are told that the next step is having chemotherapy between 4 to 8 weeks after surgery. She is coming back home in 1week and we are looking for a hospital to provide the best treatment for her. I've been looking at the Levine Cancer Institute. Do you have the names of good oncologist that you can recommend?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You can;t really shop for an oncologist and a hospital or treatment center separately. Doctors have privileges at certain facilities. Ask her primary care physician for a referral for an oncologist and then go where ever that oncologist uses for chemo administration. I find it sad that so many people seem to think that ordering up cancer treatment is like a Chinese menu, pick one from column A another from Column B, etc. The best care comes from having a coordinating medical team, not independently shopping for various specialist and locations for each part of treatment. I am also always saddened when a patient goes to a surgeon instead of an oncologist first. Many cancer patients are best served by having chemo before surgery but not seeing an oncologist before surgery takes that option away.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Paty,

      The wonderful thing about this site is the variety of opinions available from all parties who post. It allows you to see a true consensus at a time when you may be flustered. In my way of thinking, you can absolutely choose a hospital or institution where you want to be treated (based on its' reputation preferably [or in cases of necessity, its' locality]) and within that institution, you can certainly choose either your surgeon or oncologist, depending on the type of cancer you have. I'm in NYC, have Breast Cancer and several other friends - one with BC, another with Hodgkin's Disease were treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and persuaded me to go there as opposed to another hospital I was considering that was more local to home. From MSKCC's website, I read profiles and saw videos on all their breast surgeons (it was explained to me that I needed to choose a breast surgeon before anything else), and I chose my surgeon. I met her, liked her, talked with her, questioned her, etc. She made an appointment for me with a Radiologic Oncologist, and set up appointments subsequently with my plastic surgeon (whom I chose the same way). I like him very much. I chose my Oncologist the same way. I'm very pleased with her!! She's now helping me to see a nutritionist. It's late here and I'm kind of exhausted, but I wanted you to see my point. My primary care physician is in another area of NYC. She's happy that I'm being treated at Sloan (so is one of her office assistants). You're allowed to be treated anywhere you'd like-you don't need your PCPs recommendation unless you want it.

      Do me a favor. I'm a (retired) Medical Librarian. Right now a very sleepy one. If tomorrow, you message me, I can help you locate an oncologist at this hospital if you're having difficulty. They should have either profiles, videos or a patient referral number though and if they have any of those, I'm going to refer them onto you to let you make that choice.

      Good luck in finding the right person! (Btw, nancyjac is also correct, you can do this the reverse way and seek the oncologist first if you wish-your choice).

      Wishing you a peaceful night,

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I had asked my Physicians Assistant from colon cancer surgery for a recommendation for an Oncologist at the hospital at Upenn in Philly which was almost a 2 hr trip one way. I also asked friends and family members for a local oncologist. After meeting with both the local and Upenn Oncs, my husband and I both decided to do the trek to Upenn. You have to feel comfortable with the oncologist as basically your doc for the next 5 years while you have followups with them after you finish treatment. You want someone who is accessible to you, not someone who tells you that some patients have a hard time getting through on the phone to the office.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello Paty,
      I am an oncology nurse, and I often am asked to secure an oncologist at another location for either a second opinion or primary care. I found the best method is a combination of two resources. The first is the U. S. News and World Report; they list the top 100 cancer hospitals in the U. S. every year. Once I find the hospital, I look at the selection of oncologists and make a list of those I think might fit the bill and then I go to the Health Grades website and look up each doc to see how they are rated by patients who have seen them or are still under their care. I will attach a link for both to get you started. Best of luck and if you should need any assistance, please let me know. Aliza is a great source of information, and I think her input will be so valuable to you as well. I hope all goes well with your Mom, Carm RN.


      over 3 years ago

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