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Unread 07-28-2003, 12:15 PM
what to ask oncologist

Hi.......I am going to see a gyn / oncologist on August 6th and I was wondering if anyone had some specific questions I should be asking. I tend to become a blank minded person once I get in the dr's office (smile). I am scheduled for a hyst on August 19th and after reading and rereading and reading some more the wonderful posts all of you put on this website, I had a really big 'gut feeling' that I should talk to the oncologist before I go for surgery. Have a wonderful week and thank you all so much, Debbie
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Unread 07-28-2003, 12:31 PM
what to ask oncologist

Hi, Debbie.

I think you'll want assurance from your doctor that if they do find cancer when they open you up, a gyn/onc will be available to come join the surgical team to complete the surgery. That should be the primary thing, since gyn/oncs are the experts in gyn cancers.

Is your TAH/BSO for another condition? Has your doctor given you any indication that he thinks you might have something cancerous going on internally? If not, there is likely nothing to worry about. But if they do find something, it'll be good to know that an expert is standing by to assist or complete the surgery.

While researching my condition pre-surgery, I found that the initial protocols for dealing with gyn cancers are pretty much the same surgery-wise.

To my mind, you'll have more questions if cancer is found. Which I hope it is not! For now, your questions might want to center around recovery time, length of hospital stay, potential impact that the loss of hormones might have on your body, etc.

Good luck with surgery, and we'll be thinking about you! s!
Unread 07-28-2003, 06:45 PM
what to ask oncologist

s Debbie

I am glad to read you have an appointment with a gyn oncologist.
They are the experts. Like I said in a previous post, since ovarian cancer is suspected, I strongly suggest allowing the gyn oncologist do the surgery. Let us know how the appointment goes.

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Unread 07-29-2003, 11:38 AM
what to ask oncologist

Thank you so much for answers. My gyn does not seem to think that there is cancer in there, just cysts and endo. But my gastrinologist believes there is a very strong link between colon, breast and ovarian cancer. So much I have read says that specialists know more of what to look for while you are already under and all 3 of my doctors believe I am full of adhesions. Seeing as this is my 5th abdominal surgery and the problems I am having, I think I am more afraid of adhesions in strange places than I am of having every thing out, cancer or not (preferably not - smile). Again, thank you for all your help. I am on everyday and have found so many answers and support. What a blessing to know we are not alone. Debbie

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