Oct 16, 2010 - 9:28 am
Has anyone had the experience of being examined by an ENT who completely missed a Stage IV tumor? ENT #1 did not see a thing, using mirrors, but asked for a second opinion. ENT #2 used a scope but did not see a thing, stating "It looks like you are cured." (Buzz had tonsil cancer 9 years ago). Then he felt Buzz's tongue and noted it to be raised and firm on one side. He ordered a PET scan but told us we could delay the scan so we go on vacation! We could have easily postponed the trip. After the scan showed the tumor, ENT #3 used a scope and could see the tumor. We found out later that ENT's #'s 1 and 2 do mostly ear tubes! Not all ENT's are created equal and some should not be checking for cancer if they are not qualified.