• This is an interesting article from Radiology Business magazine. They describe 4 ways that the radiology center can ease our (patients) fear

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, April 20, 2018

    This is an interesting article from Radiology Business magazine. They describe 4 ways that the radiology center can ease our (patients) fear

    Take a look and see if you recognize any of these acts being done to /with you by your radiology center.

    4 ways radiology providers can help patients fearful of cancer recurrence

    It is common for cancer survivors to fear their cancer could return or progress at any time, and it’s a feeling that takes a significant toll on both patients and their loved ones. According to a new commentary published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, this is an aspect of patient care that radiologists and radiology personnel don’t always spend enough time considering.

    From Radiology Business
    http://www.radiologybusiness.com/topics/leadership/4-ways-radiology-providers-can-help-patients-fearful-cancer-recurrence

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Interesting article. My radiation oncologist team was great. The one thing that really stood out while reading the article was they made me feel like a person with a life outside of cancer. My son was engaged and I was planning my trip to the wedding. Finding the right dress and shoes etc. When they were getting me strapped onto the table we talked about all the plans, and when I found the right dress and shoes they looked at the pictures. They even shared a little bit about their lives. It really helped me feel comfortable and also made me feel safe to share any fears I was having.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I go to the same radiology department just about every time. The last time I was there, though, 6 or 9 months had lapsed. I was dumbfounded when the girl at the desk greeted me by name as soon as I walked into the room.

      I'm not usually particularly nervous when I go for scans. But, I have always enjoyed the techs that work at the center. I never see anyone when I go for scans but the techs and the receptionist.

      5 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      This shows that I was at one of the bad imaging centers-not to be confused with the radiology treatment center. If they can't even handle the physical problems-How does anybody expect them to handle the supportive emotional part. Last year, I went to another site-same company- but it was like being on a different planet. Those people assured me that the cancer didn't come back by letting me know immediately. I called and complained to the imaging company, I complained very loudly to my ONC/RAD. I even met with the supervisor-nothing changed.

      First- the fight because I didn't/don't fast. There have been several times that I turned around around to leave--I did talk to my onc-rad and 2 counselors about this problem-and that I wouldn't be financially responsible. I decided to take my son with me to reduce the fight/screaming match. They were real nice, until they had my son sit in the side room- Then the fight started---

      Next the GD stupid pillow under my knees. I DON'T WANT IT! IT HURTS MY BACK!!! WHAT PART OF NO DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND??? They just grab the knees and shove the pillow in- they don't ask if I have a bad knee-they just man handle me. I politely tell them to remove the pillow- some refuse so I throw it. then the screaming match starts-

      Then the reading radiologist even got my ONC/RAD laughing at the 3rd report---

      There were other issues. I don't care how emotionally supportive anyone is-- I just want to get a scan witout several screaming matches, not being manhandled, not being talked to like I'm a 5 year old, and not having a report that either panics a doctor , makes the doctor weep and laugh--

      This is one reason I'm so disgusted with all of the emotional stuff-What good is a counselor when a clinic is filled with eFFing idiots. For those- about the re-occurrance of cancer or a secondary cancer---My first 3 reports said that happened. I had good military doctors that always told me that I had a prominent tonsil stub left in my throat. OK-the radiologist was correct in calling that stub. That's when my ONC-RAD cried. I knew about the stub, and went to my ENT who cut it out-biopsied it 4 other areas of my throat and 2 in my mouth. They were negative of everything but being human. Then the same thing in the next scan--My doctor was puzzled, as he sent the biopsy reports in with the order. Then clenching teeth, and muttering the 3rd time-- after that laughter-

      5 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I don't have a lot of trust of a general radiologist who works for a hospital. They often practice defensive medicine and err on the side of suggesting that every "speck" is cancer or metastatic disease. Often times, those departments are rushed and provide no empathy for the patient or their family.

      I am fortunate that my scans are performed at my treatment facility. They have had the same tech for the past 4 years. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor so she is empathetic and sympathetic. She always is supportive and as you leave tells you something like this, "I hope that you get really good news."

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Im with meyati. It isnt that they were so bad. It is that they were so unconcerned.

      It seems inhuman to radiate people on a daily basis and then take off a coat and go home to the family like anyone who has been at an office all day.

      I have no doubt that SS officers were the same after a long day of torturing Catholics, gypsies, Russians, and Jews.

      I would like to think that meyati and I were exceptions.

      5 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I go to the same imaging department for both cancer and non-cancer imagining. They do remember my name and if I am going to another kind of imaging like x-ray the people from say the CT-scans say hi. I must say for the most part the my experiances have been positive. This last time, last Friday was very positive. They had to do a CT-scan of my brain. The Techs seemed to immediatly grasp the fact that I was in a world of pain They were very gentle getting me on and off the board. After the scan I had to go to the restroom. The tech rolled me into the bathroom and helped me get up. She stayed right by the door while I did my business. Now I have had an extremely negative experiance when I was first diagnosed in Twin Falls. When I was first diagnosed, I had a swallow test. When the tech took me back. She said we've been doing this test a lot lately. You are the third person this week. They all had cancer. The Dr. who was reading the test gave me lots of encouragement until he suddenly went silent and his face literally went pale. He pushed the screen away so I couldn't see it and was silent for the rest of the test. When he left he said I will need to study this but I will get to Dr. S. as soon as possible. On the way out the tech said "Wow Dr. sure looked worried" When the phone rang I knew it was the worst possible news.

      5 months ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar
      Kebohs

      Very good article. I personally had a very good expierence with my radiologist and his staff. They were kind, companionate and talked to me about all my concerns, my fears, and my successes and failures during this time. I completed 30 rounds of radiation without skipping one visit even though towards the end I was ready to quit. They held my hand before I went in and played music for me while I was getting zapped. I can’t say enough good things about them.

      5 months ago

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