• Thinking of Cancelling Appointment with Oncologist - How Many Years is Enough?

    Asked by IKickedIt on Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Thinking of Cancelling Appointment with Oncologist - How Many Years is Enough?

    After 5 years, my oncologist said that he no longer needed to see me, but I have continued to go (he's a wonderful person and I truly enjoy talking with him). However, I'm starting to think that it might be time to cut those apron strings. I get very nervous and a bit stressed going there and having all those memories surface again.

    I keep up on all my screenings and bloodwork. From a colon cancer point of view, I never produced the cancer marker, CEA, so it has never been useful to test for that. So, it's usually just a conversation about how I'm feeling and talking about all the permanent damage I still have.

    At what point do you say enough is enough and stop the annual visits with your oncologist?

    18 Answers from the Community

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    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Remember that people do get cancer after 5 years or even after 10 years. No matter who orders it, continue with your tests with someone.

      BoiseB, although a PCP can do a pelvic exam, I've always heard that your PAP smear is only as good at finding cancer as the doctor who takes it---(their eyesight and judgment).

      12 months ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I intend on getting my colonoscopies even though I was told I could wait two years. Had I not had the first colonoscopy encouraged by a person at a health seminar, I probably would have skipped it because of my busy lifestyle. I was late by ONE year. Maybe they want to wait a little longer to make sure it definitely came back. I had all other cancer screenings. They were ok.

      10 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Alivenwell,
      If you didn't have polyps at your most recent colonoscopy or any other red flags, they extend the time you can go until your next colonoscopy. The idea is to catch colon cancer early before it spreads, so be sure to go back when they say to.

      10 months ago

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