• Which oncologist is in charge of your treatment?

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Which oncologist is in charge of your treatment?

    I seem to have oncologists fighting over me. Even though my gynecologic oncologist is semi-retiring and leaving the practice, he feels that I no longer need to see my medical oncologist, that all follow up will be w/his replacement since I have completed chemo. My medical oncologist (the chemo guy) thinks I should follow up with him. If you've completed treatment, who are you following up with?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have two oncologist, One for Advanced Kidney cancer and one for Metastasized breast cancer. My Kidney oncologist was in charge of my treatment until May of last year, when the Metastasized breast cancer was found, and then my Breast oncologist became my primary. The two of them work as a team. Dr M (breast) consults with Dr G(Kidney) on all my treatment plans. I see Dr M all the time and Dr only once since May.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hey BuckeyeShelby, I hope you are well,
      Because you have a gyne cancer, you should follow up with the gyne onc because if the general oncologist does a pelvic and sees something worrisome, he might just refer you to the specialist anyway. Better to kill two birds with one stone, and stay with the oncologist who specializes in your disease. The gyne onc is the best one to do all the follow up pelvic exams, and any needed biopsies; especially the dreaded Endometrial Biopsy. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My medical oncologist, but then I never had a separate gyn oncologist. My concern would be whether the gyn oncologist would be monitoring you for any metastasis or would only be focused in the gyn areas. My medical oncologist has be my medical team leader from the beginning and still is. She did more than just chemo. She coordinated my surgery, radiation, targeted and hormone therapies etc. I saw a surgeon, a plastic surgeon, a radiation oncologist, an orthopedist, and a physical therapist while I was in active treatment, but there was no doubt that my medical oncologist was conducting the orchestra throughout.

      over 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I've had the same Oncologist throughout treatment. He Initally refered me to a Surgical Oncologist because he wanted a biposy of the tumor in my abdomen. By the time I got in to see the Surgical Oncologist, he had my blood work results and already knew it was testicular cancer. Now they had to figure out the type. The Surgical Oncologist sent me to a urologist to have an untrasound done on my testicles. When he didn't find any tumors there, he ordered the biopsy. That was the only time I wasn't with my current Oncologist.

      over 5 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar

      I still see the medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and surgeon. my apts with the medical Dr. are further apart now. The surgeon & radiation oncologist alternate. This is one year after treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Your just popular Shelby. I was kind of kicked out of the Oncology dept. last time, they told me to start seeing my regular dr. for most things unless I had a serious problem. Which I didn't like. My local dr.s are kind of like going to the vet compared to my Oncology docs. I still want my blood work and tests doen there, I think they are trying to lessen their load and push me off.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I have a somewhat similar situation. My surgeon is a gynecological oncologist, and she told me that she would handle all my follow-up visits. So I visited her in January and also set up an appointment for April. Then a week later I saw the radiologist for a follow-up, and she wanted to make an appointment for April. (They are both part of the team from the same cancer-specialty hospital.). When I told her I already had an appointment for April, she then proactively set up an appointment for July. I guess it's a good thing that both are so invested in my care, but it does feel a little strange. I also have regular follow-ups with my medical oncologists, so I'm being followed-up by a team of 3 specialists. Perhaps all this attention will have a good result; hope so, anyway.

      over 5 years ago

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