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    Ranrose asked a questionBreast Cancer

    What does oncologist do??

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      fiddler

      Switch docs at the clinic.

      about 1 month ago
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      Bengal

      I chuckle every time there's a suggestion in the comments to switch doctors. I'm envious of those of you who have that choice. Where I come from there is ONE doctor. In order to switch I would have to switch facilities which would mean driving many miles to get services. Before they added a cancer care center to our local hospital folks had to dive 100 miles or more (one way) sometimes daily to get treatment so it's wonderful to now be able to get treatment less than 20 miles away. But we have one oncologist who specializes in BC. Sometimes you just have to make it work.

      about 1 month ago
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      My medical oncologist is well educated and feels that cancer patients need a lot of compassion and TLC. That is what he wrote about himself. On my introductory visit, I was still awaiting the results from my Oncotype test. I wanted to know if I needed chemo if I could wait 2 months, as I had a trip planned. He pulled his chair out and just hung his head .... never answered the question. I felt stupid. He said he would call to check on my oncotype. He never followed up. To be fair, he was not the doctor that ordered the test and this was going on in December. I waited over a month for my Oncotype score, because the original specimen sent was too small. Prior to my second appointment, his office called and wanted to change my appointment because the doctor did not want to see me until I started and finished radiation. I had about 2 more treatments to go and would be finished well before the next appointment. What medical oncologist doesn’t know if I, his patient, started radiation? On the second visit, my med onc said he was going to order a dexascan ..... never did. I asked my primary to order and she made sure he had a copy. Third visit, we’re discussing the dexascan and something just came over me and I suggested we meet once a year instead of every six months .... he looked up, surprised, said that’s fine and literally jumped up and ran out of the room. Needless to say, we are not a good fit, right? However, I did learn something ..... be your own advocate. Treat your doctors with respect, but demand their respect. I was the one who called the facility in California to find out why my Oncotype was taking so long. I was the one who made sure I had the dexascan before I started anastrozole. I think that I was not Ill enough for my med onc to care much. I did make that appointment for next year, however, hoping that by then I will have a new doctor. I’m a very fortunate woman ,who did not need chemo, missed it by 1 point, finished 6 weeks of radiation with no issues, stage 1, grade 2, Lumpectomy with no node involvement. It’s almost a year now, and I’ll be going for my first mammogram since I found out I had breast cancer. So, I guess I don’t know what a medical oncologist does.

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      about 1 month ago
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    Ranrose asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Lobular cancer left breast

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      Bug

      I had a lumpectomy and radiation and did not have this. I would check with the doctor - for peace of mind if nothing else. As others said, it might just be scar tissue, etc.

      6 months ago
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      MLT

      Any time you notice any change, run to the Dr. Then let them decide what is causing the change.
      I am always in that small percentage of strange things that happen. Had a squamous cell carcinoma in my scar, caused by radiation. Very rare for this to happen, but get checked.

      6 months ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      I had lumpectomy & radiation, and developed a very large seroma in the tumor cavity. It didn't hurt or slosh, but I did have to go up a cup size. Took over a year, but it has fully resorbed and there's a modest dent instead. Never popped or drained, just shrank as the body absorbed the fluid. (My sentinel node seroma in my armpit did burst and drain early, but was sutured closed and healed completely within a couple of months).

      Ask your surgeon anyway--but you'll probably be reassured. It's quite normal.

      6 months ago
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    I am so sorry to hear this. I am 69 and worry cancer will return. Keeping you in my thoughts.