• Medical Oncologist

    Asked by emmmi on Saturday, August 3, 2019

    Medical Oncologist

    I am a stage 1 breast cancer patient and in remission since October, 2018. Small tumor, lumpectomy, no node involvement and 3 weeks radiation. I have had 3 visits with a medical oncologist, who has never examined me, forgot to follow up on my oncotype test, when he said he would, did not know when I finished radiation, as his office tried to cancel an appointment because they thought I never started radiation and did not order a bone scan, when he said he would and I had to ask my primary care doctor to do so. When it was unclear whether I needed chemo, he said, “we would have the talk” when my oncotype score was available. Oncotype took 4 weeks and I called for the results. He has prescribed anastrzole. I am so afraid of a recurrence. I think I’m not sick enough for this guy to be interested and thinking I should look for another doctor. I am upset with this doctor and wondering about your experiences.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Actually my team approves scans for MSKCC and it depends on what type of breast cancer so I have approved scans for HER2+ and for Triple negative and triple positive stage 1 patients. But you are right... It does depend on the physician, the hospital and the disease of that particular patient. Often times docs will order scans of the abdomen and pelvis on stage 1 ER/PR positive patients. Every place is different

      7 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      No need to order abdominal & pelvic scans in an ER/PR+/HER2- Stage IA (i.e., no lymph nodes involved) Grade 1 or 2 patient unless there are symptoms. "First, do no harm."

      7 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Carm, I’m surprised. Well, I certainly don’t know everything! And it’s been a long time for me.

      7 months ago

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