Sep 05, 2012 - 9:54 am
It's been 30 years since diagnosis of Hodgkins Stage IIa at age 19. Treated at MSK with Radiation and Chemo (not MOPP, the other one). Had CABG 10 years ago as by-product of radiation.
I get follow-ups by both an Oncologist (annual) and Cardiologist (semi-annual). Both request blood work, Oncologist also has me do a annual chest x-ray & thyroid panel and colonoscopys every 3 - 5 yrs.
Here's the question: At my last annual Oncologist visit he was real wishy-washy about getting an annual chest x-ray. At first he said "we're not doing those anymore, too much radiation is not good". When I questioned that and asked whether he's saying this because he thinks I am either too far out to worry a secondary cancer or that the secondary cancer would be the slow growing kind where I could wait two years to discover it, he quickly back-pedaled and said "okay, we'll do one every year, I just had 3 women 20 years out that developed Breast Cancer".
I'd be very interested in what tests other people are getting at their annual check-ups, particularly with respect to x-rays, CT scans, PET scans, etc. I know radiation is bad, but discovering a secondary cancer early might be a life-saver. I've lost some confidence in this doctor since he seems to be letting me guide my own follow-up protocol.