Been there.... done that. I detested my oncologist at first. He was cold, dismissive, but I actually came to like him and his staff. I loved my surgeon, my anesthesiologist, all the techs, but at first, the oncologist was just a stinker. If you are not happy with your oncologist.... FIRE HIM/HER. It is tough enough to go through all of this and to be unhappy with the lack of personal supportive emotional care.... go somewhere else. I, too, was in the healthcare business and never forgot the patients needed emotional support as number one. I would make notes on patient's charts about their kids, hobby's, their pets, anything to help make a connection with them. It only took a couple of minutes.... I completely and totally agree with Diana. Keep us posted, Angie.2
Hi Angie, I felt that way about my surgical oncologist. After my mastectomy I had problems with fluid which was not her fault but the aftercare I received was almost non-existent to make a long story short. I absolutely love my medical oncologist!!!! Unfortunately I decided to change surgical oncologists and couldn't be happier now!!!! Angie we are going through enough stress right now battling cancer. We need our drs to be on our side, caring, etc. There's never been a more important time to have a good team of doctors. And it's not too late for you to change if you need to. I'm very happy and a lot less stressed now...which is good for my healing process. Best wishes Angie!
Yes, which is why I found a new oncologist who sat down at eye level when he spoke to me (and he is the chief medical officer at the cancer center), he asked me genuine questions, he let me change back into my clothes after exam rather than sit in counter in Johnny like a little kid. Made a HUGE difference. 2nd opinion is worth it1
I am going for a second opinion later this month. It is just so frustrating, my radiation oncologist was shocked at my final appt to find out I had been getting Taxol weekly with my radiation. We did discuss at my first appt, reason she did 7 weeks. She also would give me nothing for my burn except told me to tape a telfa to it. My oncologist who sent me to radiation didn't know I was doing radiation at my halfway point, nor did he remember he had given me script for tamoxifen and had me start after chemo finished. This is my life and I would like to feel confident they have my best interest in mind and actually know who I am. Ugh!0
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