I'm glad that you made the decision to change oncologists because your well being is the most important thing. If you do not have a caregiver that fits your needs and is there to answer any questions you may have either through their triage nurse or personally, then they are not right for you as a patient. But as far as your ovarian cysts go, I recommend that you see a gynocologist. As a former Clinical Assistant in an ObGyn office and Ovarian Cancer survivor I can tell you from experience that nothing should go unchecked. I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids that my ObGyn decided to ultrasound. I was glad he did because he was able to diagnose me early and save my life. I'm not saying that you have more than cysts but please see an ObGyn. That is their area of expertise and you deserve peace of mind. Cancer is nothing to fool with as you already know. The most important part of any patients care is the doctor patient relationship. You and your physician need to work as a team. Also remember to always ask questions. You should not have found that info, your doctor should have told you about it. It is YOUR HEALTH! Take care and good luck.
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Ljones started followingalmost 5 years ago
Is there such a thing as an oncologist whose narcissism is less malignant than my tumor?
I am an RN and used to work in the ICU. There was a joke that used to be said about Heart surgeons, which said; What is the difference between God and a heart surgeon?
The answer......God does not think He is a heart surgeon!!!!
Well put, and applicable, unfortunately, to many MD's out there.
The real important thing is , yes, you definitely were right to leave him in the dust. Also, I might recommend, asking for a copy of your records, for everything that is done. Every lab, every CT scan, etc. You make your own file. Then you don't have to worry about what is sent along to another specialist. We found this so valuable with my hubby. He had to transfer to the VA for care from the outside world. The VA had been great. All records are on computer. But it is nice when the doc wants to review something, we just reach in our file and hand it to him. He loves that! No searching through all those files online. Plus, we can ask questions if we don't understand what something on the report means. Doctors tend to just give you the highlights. We are intellingent beings, and the more info we have the better off we are when fighting such a cruel beast as cancer.
Just keep asking questions. Our blessing to you in your health travels.
Hi Ljones. Your first question made me laugh. I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and sometimes wonder the same thing about my plastic surgeon. He is so arrogant that I want to punch him in the face sometimes. I have asked my other doctors if I could switch to a new plastic surgeon but was told that now that this plastic surgeon has his "footprint" on me, it would be hard to find another plastic surgeon willing to take over someone else's work.
It sounds like you should have better luck finding a new oncologist. Take care:)