Mar 31, 2012 - 12:50 am
going to a big Cancer Center.
I just got my NPC Stage III diagnosis last Tues., and even set up appointments for the Radiologist and the Oncologist next week. At first I was thinking that since they have an IMRT here, and because the chemo seems pretty much standard for this that I would just stay here for treatment.
Now...four days later, I'm rethinking again...there are darn few HNC patients in this whole valley, I might be stretching it thinking there are 10. This is small town Montana with a Medical Center. I started feeling uncomfortable the last couple days regarding the radiology...I don't want to be the first NPC person he's ever done, but I don't know if that's a legitimate worry. Is it? I have the appointment so I'm going to go and talk to him...
I have no idea what to ask...it's like going to a physics class and trying to think up a question. Would some of you help me by sharing questions you asked before radiation?
I'm starting to feel a little frantic...like enough time was wasted just getting a diagnosis, and now I'm the one spinning like a top. I want to feel confident in my Dr.'s...but after dealing with the ENT's office...the last thing being my ONLY referral to the Oncologist and the Radiologist was their numbers written on a presciption pad and I was told to give them a call. Both of those offices were taken back by the lack of a real referral....they both asked "Is Dr. O referring you? We don't have anything." I sure don't get the feel of a "team" working together to keep me kicking.