• Oncologist

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Monday, December 17, 2012


    How did you choose your oncologist?

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      For me, I didn't actually choose my Oncologist. My primary care physician did. I found out on a Friday that I had cancer. He promised me that I would get into to see an Oncologist at Texas Oncology first thing Monday Morning. Sure enough, at 8:30 that Monday morning, I get a call from Texas Oncology and they wanted to see me immediately.

      over 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      I had a similar experience. My primary care doc recommended one. But, he turned out to be a good one.

      over 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I was in the hospital recovering from hernia surgery (in which they discovered my cancer) when this oncologist guy sorta showed up in my hospital room, before I'd even had the testing down. That was the next day. I guess I inherited him from the hospital. He and my surgical oncologist, whom I adore, work well together, so I guess I'm good with that.

      over 5 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      My HMO is fortunately a teaching hospital, I was referred to my oncologist from my surgeon who I was not impressed with. He told my family I would be cancer free after the Whipple. I didn't believe it but they did. Of course they were traumatized to find out not only was I not cancer free but the needle biopsy had seeded the cancer and it now was in my liver and abdominal wall as well as pancreas. The oncologist was brutally honest, gave me survival statistic and the grim picture which was reassuring to me. He cares enough to be honest and then told me if I wanted to we could fIght this. We are fighting and at times seems to be doing well. Am as I type starting a new more aggressive regimens of chemo with three different drugs one of white I will be doing at home for 46 hrs, 5 FU ( gotta love that name lol) he makes me feel as if he is vested in my care. If my son isn't able to go with me and there is something significant he will do a telephone conference with him. He knows us and remembers us personally. Hey he even gave me a hug and told me to enjoy Christmas!

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Like most of you my Oncologist was a referal. In my case I think they picked my Oncologist to match me very well. We both bring different perspectives to the problem but we work well togrther. The relstionship with your zomcologist is almost as important as with your spouse.

      over 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I heard that my oncologist was the best around and so I requested him. I was almost switched to someone different, but I raised a fuss. Well, more than a fuss. At the time, changing oncologists on me was the straw that broke the camel's back after a series of poor decisions regarding my cancer on the part of medical people. Dr. Kreisl (bless him) called me and agreed to be my oncologist and has been my doctor for the past 4 years.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Our local hospital only has one regular oncologist. She gets relief help from the consortium. I did not want to travel 30 - 45 miles to other Oncologists. I am blessed to have her and her PA. If they were not good I would transfer.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      My gynocologist recommended Space Coast Cancer Center and I was randomly assigned an onc. I absolutely adore him. He is caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and smokin hot. I figure if I need to see an onc as often as I do, he may as well be hot :-)

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I was referred to her by my PCP.

      over 5 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I was referred to a local oncologist, who, at first meeting referred me to an expert in carcinosarcoma. I originally saw both oncologists because I lived so far from the specialist, but now make the 2 1/2 hour drive whenever needed. I appreciate the fact that my local oncologist was so open about not being the expert. He has told me many times how lucky I am to be close enough to see "the man who writes the books" on MMMT / Carcinosarcoma.

      over 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I first consulted with a general oncologist. Neither he nor the pathology lab saw cancer in either the lymph node or the bone marrow sample. I went from there to an academic research facility (SCCA/Fred Hutchinson) and they correctly diagnosed me with a rare lymphoma in stage 4 with "innumerable" tumors and bone marrow involvement. They treated me according to the latest studies, then presented me with a clinical trial when the cancer immediately relapsed and there was nothing to use against it.. I would go nowhere else but to an academic/research facility, as the cancer world is changing very rapidly. We need cutting edge, not trailing edge.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My original kidney cancer oncologist Dr P was recommended by my gastroenterologist who also specializes in colon cancer. When Dr P left to take a position somewhere else Dr G took over my case. I was referred to Dr M my breast oncologist by Dr P, as I called him as soon as I got the diagnosis in Sept 2010. In fact Dr P made my first appointment with Dr M after my initial diagnosis and again this May when a new lesion on my liver tested positive for Breast Cancer.

      I researched all of them, Dr P is one of the top in the field, Dr G is the head of oncology, and Dr M is really beginning to make a name in the field. But most importantly I like them all and we have a great collaborative relationships. Plus they have great teams including nurse practitioners.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      oh yeah my radiation oncologist was suggested by the department. When I called to make an appointment with the names by Breast surgeon and Insurance provided, the women who answered the phone, said they no longer worked there, or didn't specialize in Breast Cancer. The Dr she recommended was excellent.

      over 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      My surgeon chose my oncologist. I was diasnosed with a biopsy, and by the time I woke from surgery, my surgeon had made an appointment with my oncologist for 3 days later.

      over 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I worked at the hospital that was connected to the Cancer Center I go to. And, I heard good things about the doctor I chose. As it turns out, I was right. I'm more than satisfied with my doctor.

      over 5 years ago

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