Dec 18, 2012 - 4:58 pm
So, we (my husband) had a stage 3 diagnosis in May, chemo and radiation May and June, a minimally invasive esophagectomy in August. The scan before surgery showed no active cancer, the pathology report after surgery showed no active cancer. They said come back in three months for another scan. That was last week, the scan was good, they said no sign of cancer. The oncologist said to my husband “there is a cyst on your kidney, I’m not worried about it particularly but I want to do a scan again in 4 months just to check on it. After that, there will be no more scans.”
I looked at him and said “What???” He said we don’t do scans once the cancer is gone. He said the scans would only subject him to more harmful radiation. Then he said “either the cancer will come back or it won’t. If it comes back, it will be in his liver and there is nothing we can about it”.
Has anyone ever had a doctor tell them that or know of anyone whose ever had a doctor tell them that? I was pretty much speechless at that point and couldn’t even think about questions I might have when he asked if I had any questions. I’ve got some now…..
Is it time to look for a new doctor or does this make any sense at all?