• RADIATION & CHEMO DOCTORS...

    Asked by SunnyCloud on Monday, February 6, 2012

    RADIATION & CHEMO DOCTORS...

    Is it really necessary to continue seeing them after therapy? All they do is take my vitals. My onc can do all the follow ups. He can order scans & do my PAPs.

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    • maddie1's Avatar
      maddie1

      Talk with your oncologist and see if he/she is able to do follow ups. ( look for certain side effects, manage pain, track healing) After I finished radiation I followed with radiation oncologist & nurse for a little while but it got to be too much seeing them and my oncologist so I just followed up with my oncologist. She was able to manage my pain and assess side effects. Usually they all work as a team and report to each other...
      Check with your oncologist. Good luck to you!

      about 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Thanks! It would be awesome to see just my onc instead of chemo, radiologist, aannnd my onc. I am so disappointed in my rad & chemo docs that I just dont want to deal with them again.

      about 5 years ago
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      maddie1

      I understand. You could tell your oncologist how you're feeling about other docs so he/she can address any of your concerns. I think oncologists are more patient oriented whereas the others are more tumor/disease oriented.

      about 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      I decided to just keep going to these docs. Why should I inconvenience myself for them. Ill put up with the pain. Why should I go through an MRI when I & everyone else knows that the symptoms have to do with the therapy. If they want to be uncaring and act like Im stupid, that's their problem. I left the doc a message...or should I say, his nurse. I let them know that I had tingling in my feet, legs, & hands and continued to experience a lot of pain. She called back when I was in church. I didnt call her back today because I didnt feel like wasting my time. She called again this afternoon but I didnt pick up because I didnt recognize the number. She sounded like she had an attitude. Said that she had called me 2 or 3 times now. I think she mentioned something about a scan or MRI & that it seems I had taken care of the problem. Then in a happy voice she said, "Thank you good bye!" SO, I called that number and got an answering service. Told her that I wanted to leave a message for someone named Jennifer. My message was, "I only left a message to have it on record sort of speak. That I cannot see a primary doctor due to my insurance. And, that I know my symptoms are due to the therapy. Thank you have a good night." Ha! That felt good. But it will feel even better if she calls again & I answer to tell her too. :) From now on, any concerns will be expressed to my Onc. Ill tell her that too is a matter of fact.

      about 5 years ago

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