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Unread 11-30-2003, 08:38 PM
Doctor's Appointment

I still haven't contacted the doctor that my PCP recommended to do the endo biopsy. I'm glad that I didn't. I just found out that he isn't board certified in gyn. and he is an OD instead of a MD. If I'm going to get this job done I'd like someone that has been in the business long enough to be certified. What do you all think?
Also I really appreciate all the messages of care and concern that you have been posting to get this old scardy cat to make an appointment to have this done. Wolf
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Unread 11-30-2003, 09:31 PM
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If you are in Vienna, call for an appointment with <admin note: physician's name removed to comply with site guidelines> or his partner, in Fairfax. They are gyn/oncologists. Tell them that your PCP thinks you need an endo biopsy. They are THE experts, call them and let them do the biopsy. If you aren't in Vienna, call your PCP and ask them for a referral to a gyn oncologist.

You might be very sorry if you continue to put this off. How will you feel if the doctor says 'you could have avoid surgery, chemo, radiation, IF ONLY you had come to me sooner'? I don't mean to scare you, but if it works to get you to a doctor to have a biospy, it's worth it!

Unread 12-01-2003, 01:08 AM
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Please listend to Jane and do not fool around with your situation any longer. Take the bull by the horns and find a competent doctor you can trust and get your tests done ASAP. There may or may not be cancer lurking but if there is you want to get at it fast. s peggiesue
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Unread 12-01-2003, 08:10 AM
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I'm sorry you are having some difficulties here. I agree with the others that you need to get this resolved.

I'm a little confused. You said the doc you were referred to was an OD--do you mean a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy)? How did you find out he wasn't certified? Have you contacted his office to ask what his qualifications are? I realize that not everyone sees a DO and an MD as equivalents, but some DO's do practice in specialized arenas such as ob/gyn, ortho, etc. My doctor (when I was an adolescent and early adult) was a DO, and he was a wonderful man and highly thought of in the medical community. However, if you aren't comfortable seeing anyone other than an MD, then by all means contact your PCP and explain that you want to see an MD board certified gyn/onc. Your PCP may have very good reasons why he referred you to this other doc, and you might like to find out what those reasons are. I do tend to be partial toward gyn/onc's when cancer is a possibility--they are just so highly trained in this area that it really makes the most sense.

Good luck! Let us know how things go. And please, for the sake of your health and peace of mind, get this done soon!!

Unread 12-01-2003, 12:00 PM

Wolf, I'd be happy to share the name and phone number of a gyn/onc practice in our area. I want to help you get this resovled ASAP!! You will feel so much better once you have done it.

I agree with Jeanine too, ODs can be wonderful doctors. I wouldn't let that stand in the way of getting this biopsy completed. I think it's better to use a gyn/onc, but if it causes further delay, then use the doc who your doctor recommended. You need to get this done! Don't let it be hanging over you for the holidays.

Hugs and loves,
Unread 12-02-2003, 04:23 PM
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The best doctor I ever had was a DO. I wouldn't write someone off because they are a DO instead of an MD. In general (because of the way they are trained) they tend to treat "the whole" person - choosing the least invasive possibilities.

If you are truly concerned about the qualifications - then find someone else. But do it ASAP - don't use this as an excuse to procastinate. The sooner you jump on this the better chances for long-term results.
Unread 12-03-2003, 09:48 AM
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Wolf---please don't delay!!! So many of us on this site are healthy, fully functioning and cancer-free today because, scary as it was, we just bit the bullet and got that check-up.

As for the DO issue, the GYN group that I go to has a physician who is a DO, if I recall correctly, and I've heard good things about her. And my PCP has just admitted a DO to practice with him. DO's are physicians in their own right. You certainly can check out certification and credentials -- that's your right as a patient and it makes sense.

Please, Wolf....make that appointment. We'll all feel better when you tell us that you're going for a checkup.
You'll be in my prayers in a special way--I know from my own experience how frightening it is!

Unread 12-04-2003, 06:24 AM

I want to thank all of you for being so persistant. I called the gyn. and have an appointment for tomorrow. I'm scared to death, but I'm going. Wolf
Unread 12-04-2003, 07:00 AM
A Wise Decision Indeed!!


I'm glad to hear you were able to get an appointment to see the gynecologist without further delay.

Good luck today and please be sure to let us know how everything goes!

Best regards.

Unread 12-04-2003, 08:01 AM
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So great to hear you finally made that appointment. As you've heard, your not alone in your fears; many if not most of us were scared. It is natural when one is uncertain about things.
I know you will make it through this just fine. Please let us know how your doctor's visit goes. My *prayer*s are with you. s peggiesue

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