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Unread 04-15-2004, 11:56 AM
Doctor's Appoitnment

I was suppose to see a GYN/ONC within 48hrs. is what the ob told me. Today I get a letter in the mail saying my appointment is for April 27. Of course I am in a state of panic again. Is this normal for a appointment to be so far out? Do I have time? I was also told by the ob that I was in a window of opportunity . Meaning two weeks out from the date of my surgery which was Mar.26 . I called the nurse who is suppose to be helping me with all this and got the answering machine again! I feel like going up to that ARMY hospital and start screaming!!!!! Any advice would be helpful sisters. Thanks!
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Unread 04-15-2004, 12:51 PM
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I don't think that it is unusual to wait until a month after surgery to see the gyn/onc. BUT that doesn't help you any. The waiting is ALWAYS the worst part. I must say that when I finally got a diagnosis of cancer, and a plan to treat it, it was a relief. At least then I knew the prognosis, the survival rates, and how to fight it. I had a plan and could see that there would be an end to this nightmare. And it's not just the Army! Many of us have had these same problems with civilian doctors and hospitals. I heard so many different things from so many different doctors that my head was spinning. It was a relief to finally have a gyn/onc to sort it all out and have a plan for me. Even then, there was still much confusion because I had a rad/onc and a gyn/onc.

I can relate to the fog and confusion that you must be in right now. We've all been there. Once you see the oncologist and know what you are going to do next, you will feel so much better.

I am not sure what your doctor meant by a 'window of opportunity'. To do what? Another surgery? Wouldn't you need to recover from your last surgery before they could do something else? I know that my friend with endo had to wait 6 or 8 weeks after her hysterectomy before she could begin radiation. She didn't need chemo, only radiation. I did both, chemo and radiation, for about 6 weeks. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't awful either and now I am fine. They gyn/onc even used the word 'cured'! YEAH!!!!

What kind of cancer do you have? Do you know the stage?

Hugs and comfort,
Janie
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Unread 04-15-2004, 03:04 PM
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Thanks Janie ! I just got off of the phone with the nurse and she said that a month after surgery was okay. Just what you said. I told her about what the Doc said and she said she spoke again with him and since the cancer we now know isn't wasn't in the cervix and was so far just in the fibroid I guess it's not as urgent.

Now that I have a appointment with the Onc. I am relieved some what but I am also afriad of what he is going to say. I just don't want to deal with any of this right now. I know that that isn't the way I should be looking at this. I am tired mentally and physically.My familly is here and I do have alot of support. I am so weak still. My Dh said that it's only been 3 wks since surgery and I need to focus on healing and not worry.

I was told from my GYN a few nights ago that I couldn't do radiation because their was nothing to radiate . He took my uterus and my cervix. He thinks that chemo would be my only option.He also said that this is why he is sending me to a ONC because they know more about this than he does. I do still have my ovaries and my tubes. He said he would of removed everything through the adomen instead of the vagina if he knew I had cancer. He also said that their is no way to stage it now that it is out . They still don't know what kind it is. Just that it was in the fibroid. Glad to hear that your okay. It is good to hear from someone who has been through this. Thanks!
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