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    BabsWon asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Oncologist rechecks

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      Carool

      BabsWon, at MSKCC they stopped checking for breast cancer markers years ago, as studies showed that the tests were unreliable.

      7 days ago
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      Ejourneys

      First, congratulations on reaching this milestone!
      Second, your feelings are perfectly natural. It's called a milestone for a reason. You've literally been through a fight for your life and your wingman is about to bow out. And the doctor/patient relationship is just that -- a relationship. Definitely do what makes you feel comfortable. Hugs.

      6 days ago
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      Actually I'm looking forward to my 5 year mark - still 2 years away. I see my onco and surgeon every 6 months still and the drive takes longer than the actual visit most times. So, once a year after 5 years and maybe less with onco sounds wonderful to me - it means you can resume your "normal" life without doctor visits - and help your wallet too. Isn't there something else you'd rather be doing with your time?

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    BabsWon asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Oncologist may want me to stop coming in for rechecks

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      BarbarainBham

      Everyone should ASK why they aren't being re-scheduled, just in case it's a mistake. I had breast cancer 15 years ago and was never told that. I was just 53 then, and there may be an age where recurrence drops as we get older, but I'm 68 and haven't been told about it. My mother had breast cancer at 82.

      I do know some doctors don't want any more Medicare patients because Medicare doesn't pay as much per visit as other insurance, so we are supposed to ask if they accept Medicare as full payment when we go.

      7 days ago
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      BoiseB

      I have a really good relationship with my PCP. Because I am stage IV I will need yearly scans for life. I also need periodic endoscopies to take care of the scar tissue work. So oncology will never say good-bye. I found a new PCP as soon as I arrived in Boise even before I finished treatment.

      7 days ago
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      Im guessing you will outlast most of your doctors, BoiseB.

      Lol. You just burn right through them!

      6 days ago
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