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    BeckyTice asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Second Opinion?

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      BoiseB

      Becky you are so brave and your sense of humor shows through what must be a terrifying experience for you.
      I am placing you on my prayer list.

      4 months ago
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      BeckyTice

      I'm not brave and a sense of humor, I have learned, is a good way of dealing with situation that are basically out of my control. I do appreciate being on prayer lists. Prayer has gotten me this far!

      I saw my primary care doctor yesterday.

      She agreed that I am safe not going back to the Urologist. Since the stint is no longer there, it's idiotic to pay $50 copay and wait for an hour for him to arrive [he's very busy] and tell me, "the stint is no longer there". She'll follow my case with me.

      She also agreed that I may not have to go to the Gastroenterologist. She also agreed that I should not go back to that practice. She agreed that her staff should find me another practice that accepts my insurance. She's ordered some blood tests to see how my liver panel numbers are progressing. I'd rather spend a $10 copay for the blood tests than $50 copay to be confronted by a doctor who will look down on me for questioning their decision. I mean how dare I go to the Oncologist instead of rushing into surgery.

      I'm going for the blood test on Monday. We'll see how this goes.

      I'm glad I have the What Next site to go back to. Some people are out there who don't have any support or insurance.

      4 months ago
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      BoiseB

      Your PCP is an angel, I'll put her on my prayer list also I am so glad things are working out for you.

      4 months ago
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    BeckyTice asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Is it right?

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      BoiseB

      Becky to establish malpractice you have to establish negligence. One question would be to ask "How often has this Dr, "Run into problems during surgery?" If it was the first time there was an accident then it probably was just that an unfortunate accident. But if there had been three or four in the past 5 years then the Dr. is probably an incompetent surgeon. And you might have a case.

      10 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Are accidents malpractice? Well, maybe ... when the accidents happen time and again. The fact that clips were left inside of you sounds negligent.

      The fact that your cancer was worse than expected and that it is now late stage sounds more like bad luck ... and the way it goes all too often when dealing with cancer ... I read those stories here and on other cancer forums all of the time ... They are heartbreaking and way too common.

      Cancer is an ugly disease and the results of treatment can be horrendous. Few of us here are the same as before we were diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

      I lost my income, too, but it is the fault of the disease, not my doctor. In fact, my doctor can be credited with keeping me here, in spite of my disease.

      I am sorry that you're going through so much with your cancer, Becky. Wish there was a way to make it better or easier for you.

      10 months ago
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      abrub

      If the tumor ruptured, it may have seeded itself. My appendix cancer tumor had ruptured, seeding tumor throughout my abdomen, but then completely re-healed, so that it looked like the tumor was contained. It was only found because one of the seedings which landed on my ovary took root and grew into a tumor that encompassed it, which is why I had a hysterectomy. I don't know when my appendix ruptured. If a dr doesn't get clean margins, tumor can escape. There are many reasons, some of which could be bad treatment (malpractice.) It's worth hearing what the original surgeon had to say. Note: don't let "warm, fuzzies" guide whether or not something should be investigated. He may be the nicest person around, but if he's not competent, he shouldn't be allowed to put people at risk, and practice what he's not able to do.

      10 months ago
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    Milestones (Mental....): Now that the oncologist says I'm cancer free [again]... I'm dealing with a lot of feelings.

    I'm afraid the other shoe is going to drop
    I'm angry that they told me I only had a couple years left and now I'm cancer free
    I've lost my job... I'm on disability.... and I'm stuck...so I'm angry
    I'm still not able to look in the mirror.... I've aged so much
    I'm still not able to look in the mirror... I've been gutted and I have not belly button.... just scars...
    I want to know what allowed me to go to stage IV metastatic recurrent when the surgeon and the oncologist at the big city hospital said.... your cancer is gone... no need for chem....

    I love my life.... and I want to get over these feelings... I'm sure it will take time.... but I'm dealing with the aftermath.... [hopefully it's the aftermath]

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Pain medicine): After the surgeries, after the seromas, after the chemo.... there's the battle to get off the pain killers. I'm not in pain anymore so why should I have to take the pain killers.... Doc says I'm cancer free [hope he's right this time].... so why should I have to take the painkillers.

    I've been taking oxy for a long time. At first I was afraid of what would happen when I just dropped one pill from my daily schedule. My oncologist hasn't given me a plan to get off the pills he prescribed. My surgeon hasn't given me a plan to get off the pills she prescribed. She, as a matter of fact, just recited the directions to me one more time.

    So I came up with a plan of my own. I counted the pills on hand, and decided to cut the dosage slowly. I've been at it a couple of weeks now. I'm down from 20mg daily to 5mg daily and after tomorrow I'll be on 5 mg every other day. I checked with my PCP and she liked the plan.

    At first I felt like I had a really bad case of the flu. But it subsided after the second day. Now my old familiar headaches are back.... but a couple of Tylenol beats them back. It's a lot better than that oxy.

    I've been taking stool softeners because of the pain meds causing constipation. I guess next I'll have to cut them back a little too.....

    Getting rid of the cancer is what the doctors do.... getting rid of all the other XXX.... that's up to us....

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