I have been diagnosed with neck cancer recently. I have a large cancerous tumor behind and below my right ear. A biopsy confirmed the tumor is cancerous but neither CAT, MRI nor PET scan can locate the cancer origin. I will be seeing a ENT this Monday (02-21-11) for additional scoping. I live in Central Arizona and there is a cancer center nearby (Arizona Oncology). I've met with an Oncologist there already (referral to the ENT).
My problem is that the team of doctors (surgeon, oncologist and ENT) that I have at my disposal have separate offices and practices is very difficult and very time consuming to get make appointments in a reasonable amount of time (I could go several weeks between appointments). I've spoken to CTCA and understand that they have all the specialist "In House". That is what really impressed me. Now, I know that CTCA is a "For Profit" organization. I've read the CSN bulletin board and I've read the "Pros and Cons" about them. My insurance will not cover CTCA because of being "Out of Network" but CTCA has told me that they will adjust the cost to meet "In Network" costs.
I'm just not sure what to do. I welcome constructive opinions only. Please, no ranting or raving just thoughts and opinions. Thanks