• Onco follow-up freak out?

    Asked by mdell676 on Saturday, June 8, 2013

    Onco follow-up freak out?

    June 19th is my 2nd 3-month onco follow-up and I'm already nervous! During my 1st 3-month follow up I had elevated liver enzymes and needed a PET scan which was clear. I'm pretty sure the elevated liver enzymes were caused by all the medication I had been taking post mastectomy and reconstruction. I was advised to see my primary care physician for additional blood work after stopping all meds which I have yet to do. I feel fine and hope that all turns out well on the 19th but I can't take the thought of a recurrence out of my head. I love my oncologist but hate having to see her so often, it's such a stressful experience. It's almost like I am just waiting for the day of recurrence to come. How do you all deal with your recurrence anxieties?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Those follow up scans are always nerve racking, I can't decide which is worse, waiting to have the scans, having the scans, or waiting for the results. I try to be kind to myself, and do things I enjoy, such as seeing a movie, going out with friends, getting a facial, etc.

      As for elevate liver enzymes - yes medications can do that, I know, I've had that happen to me. Speak with your doctor and find out why the follow up tests have not been done. My PCP has me schedule the tests and appointments at the end of my visit.

      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      yes the meds can really mess up your insides, it started on my liver and other side effects, I decided not to take any more meds, and now i have a clean bill of health, i do blood work every 3 mths just to be safe, no meds no reoccurence 3 yrs survivor!

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      We all live with these worries, I used to think that every odd symptom, mole lump etc was a cancer growing. I have lived with this for 40+ years and because of my hypersensitivity I know my body very well. I now know I overreact and that not everything is cancer but I do fight for tests when I don't feel right. You can only live with this if you learn to laugh at yourself and see that things are more likely to be fine. But stress is a bad thing - so its better to check on things early so you can let them go. Take care, Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • itsjustme736's Avatar

      Enjoy your self as much as you can, "It Is What It Is" No need to help "Feeling Bad Out" You will have plenty of time for that.

      over 3 years ago

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