• Oncologist may want me to stop coming in for rechecks

    Asked by BabsWon on Friday, May 19, 2017

    Oncologist may want me to stop coming in for rechecks

    I'm six years out and I see my oncologist once a year now. He no longer does any blood work because he says insurance will not pay. He did order a dexascan that found osteopenia and gave me a physical exam. However, he said he is not concerned about the osteopenia as long as I exercise and take calcium & vitamin D3, and he is not concerned about the breast cancer returning, but does want be to have yearly mammograms. He says I can still see him for 2 or 3 more years if I want but makes me think it probably isn't necessary. Does anyone else feel emotionally tied to their oncologist and find it hard to consider not seeing him anymore?

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Lol.

      No.

      Is your doctor cute or something?

      6 months ago
    • BabsWon's Avatar
      BabsWon

      Love your answer! I find him cute because he is super nice. He has been with me throughout everything and I guess I would miss the connection, no matter how short the visit.

      6 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Doctors are just people too.

      Tell him how you feel and that you consider him a friend as well as a doctor.

      I really like the doctor who helped me with a prescription and check ups when I decided to take experimental drugs to rid myself of a blood disease. He is smart and funny.

      I ran into him and his hubby at a party and the last barrier came down. He moved to San Francisco for a position with Kaiser so I got in touch with them when I was out that way. He is busy. I email him an occasional joke.

      It always pays to have friends in your corner.

      Hearty congratulations and grand wishes for returned good health to you.

      6 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I agree that I would have problems not seeing my oncologist, because I feel that way when he wants to extend the interval between visits. It's not weird---it's a feeling of dependence on them to keep us healthy versus being on our own (with the cancer).

      My mother had breast cancer in her 80's, so I would definitely continue with mammograms and breast checks by someone, even if it's your Primary Care Physician. If you are on Medicare, call and ask why they aren't covering bloodwork and if they would cover it if it was done by your Primary Care Physician.

      Best wishes!

      6 months ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      I think your feelings are pretty normal. Putting your life in someone's hands is not repays, but once you do, I think you feel they are taking care of you and watching out for you.

      Must admit, as much as I was glad to be finished with treatment, I had a bit of a "what now" feeling of abandonment when I walked out of his door for the last (hopefully) time!

      6 months ago
    • janec0488's Avatar
      janec0488

      I too felt close to my oncologist, but after 5 years (2005) into my remission she retired and admittedly I did not want to begin all new with another oncologist. Here I am fighting another battle in a new state and new hospital, new oncologist. How time flies. If I were you, I would insist on an annual visit, not unlike the annual gynecological visit. Stay well and make many happy memories.

      6 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      My oncologist just changed me from coming every 3 months to every 6 months, and I feel the same way that you do. I like having that extra set of eyes checking on me. It does give an extra sense of security. @janec0488, I all ready worry about what I will do when my oncologist retires. I dread starting over again, and would be like you and stop going. BabsWon, I wish you many years of being cancer free. Enjoy. Take care.

      6 months ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      I just went for my 1 or check with breast once & he told me I didn't need to return. Told me I ONLY had about 30% chance of recurrence. LMS onc office saw me in Mar & didn't have me schedule a follow up appt. (Will be 3 years) .

      You feel kind of abandoned, right?

      I guess it is all about INS $.

      6 months ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      Darn spell check! That is 1 year & oncologist not once. LOL

      6 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Everyone should ASK why they aren't being re-scheduled, just in case it's a mistake. I had breast cancer 15 years ago and was never told that. I was just 53 then, and there may be an age where recurrence drops as we get older, but I'm 68 and haven't been told about it. My mother had breast cancer at 82.

      I do know some doctors don't want any more Medicare patients because Medicare doesn't pay as much per visit as other insurance, so we are supposed to ask if they accept Medicare as full payment when we go.

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have a really good relationship with my PCP. Because I am stage IV I will need yearly scans for life. I also need periodic endoscopies to take care of the scar tissue work. So oncology will never say good-bye. I found a new PCP as soon as I arrived in Boise even before I finished treatment.

      6 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Im guessing you will outlast most of your doctors, BoiseB.

      Lol. You just burn right through them!

      6 months ago

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