Jun 30, 2012 - 10:53 pm
I had a gyn. oncologist for my surgery last year. However, he is 150 miles away from where I live. I have a medical oncologist now. He administered my chemo last year. I think he is an excellent doctor. However, I fear that he has way too many patients. Waits for appts. are generally anywhere from 1 1/2 to even four hours. He has an excellent reputation. He also has a very kind disposition with his patients. However, he only comes to my local clinic once per week.
My concern is that because he is so "over booked," that I will fall "between the cracks." We watched this happen about 8 or 9 years ago with my Mom. Her dr. had way too many patients. (she had non-hodgkins lymphoma).
I know my surgeon does not care for the CA-125. He does I think only CT scans every 3 months. After my six week post surgery visit with him, he told me to call him should I ever have any questions. He told me to tell my dr. to send him my records. I do not know if he has done that or not.
I just hate the thought of driving that far every few weeks. Also, since I am currently unemployed, travel expense can become an issue. Since I have an apparent recurrence, I am at a loss as to what I should do.
Do any of you ladies have only a medical oncologist at this point? Just how important is it to have the gyn. onc. for follow up care and treatments?
Thanks for your input.