• What do wish your oncologist did differently or better ?

    Asked by saltermd on Friday, February 10, 2012

    What do wish your oncologist did differently or better ?

    I'm curious about how patients perceive their oncologist as their advocate and provider during their treatment course. I'm not so much looking for criticism as much as I am interested in how you wish things would change to make your experience more mutually beneficial. Thanks.

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • PPaseka's Avatar
      PPaseka

      I guess overall we are pleased with my wife's oncologist's. We are not pleased with the overall condition of healthcare in general. While the staff at our cancer center are very compassionate, they leave a lot to be desired. Time management is non existent unless it is toward the end of the day, when it is approaching their go home time. We have had her iv delivery rates set wrong costing us another hour hooked up, we have had them fail to restart an iv after pushing meds which we discovered after 50 minutes, we had the dietiticion give us a list of foods to eat to help her maintain weight, energy, etc. without knowing that she was having pelvic radiation and that list of foods are foods to avid while having pelvic radiation. This info was given to my wife while in an exam room on the radiation side of the center. The very first day of chemotherapy we were to meet with the nurse practicioner at 8:30 am. She didn't even arrive until 8:50 and then sat at her desk and ate breakfast before seeing her. If I run my business, like healthcare run their's, I would go broke. Healthcare professionals forget that we are the customers, and if our needs are not meet we will go somewhere else.

      about 9 years ago
    • pigeon's Avatar
      pigeon

      My onc is a great doc but my numerous requests to see my x-rays, pet scans, mri's were always glossed over with an answer that all he had were reports and couldn't actually see my bones or the tumors. I didn't understand beause I had cd's of all of my scans, xrays, etc. but I don't know what I'm looking at. I got a second opinion from an orthopedic oncologist who showed me and explained to me what he thinks is going on in my body. That's all I wanted to know. Draw on a napkin or show me the pictures, but please show me. The second opinion also confirmed we are on track with my treatment which is a good feeling.

      about 9 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Thank you for asking! I'm impressed!

      I was just interviewed for the Patient's Corner of an oncology journal and this was a question that was presented.

      Personally, I loved my oncologist. I shopped around the Philadelphia area (so there are a lot of top-notched oncologists here), and I found an oncologist who was connected to a top hospital, but at a satellite office so I didn't have the stress of going into town.

      I felt that when I was with my oncologist, I was his most important patient. He never rushed through appointments. He was also very thorough and routine. I liked the routine. I knew that every time I saw him (every other treatment) we would go over the same exact things and that was very reassuring to me that everything would be discussed. I never had to write myself notes (chemo brain) because I knew every question he would ask.

      Being a small satellite office and infusion center, I also liked that he would walk through occasionally to visit us during our treatments. Even if he was on his way to see the oncology nurses, he always spent a minute with each patient...just that one minute made me smile.

      The only thing I didn't like and it's going to seem completely ridiculous...

      Going through the routine list of things to discuss, he would say, "OK, onto your complaints." I hated that word! I'm not a complainer! I even teased him about that and begged him to use a different word.

      about 9 years ago

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