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Unread 05-07-2004, 10:45 AM
Gyn/Oncologist questions

If there is even a slight possibility of cancer, I would definitely have the gyn/onc. present. Could he possibly do the surgery with your gyn assisting or assist the gyn? His opinion would be very valuable.

Good luck.
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Unread 05-07-2004, 06:02 PM
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Hi Ladies,
I got a bit of a run around today. Called gyn office to see how I needed to do this thing of scheduling the gyn/onc and the gyn together.

She (the surgery scheduling lady) said I needed to call the gyn/onc office. So I did. The surgery scheduling lady there said this is not how we do this. The patient should not be responsible for scheduling this.

Ok, I'm new at this...just tell me what I need to do. She tells me what to do..but she also tells me that the gyn/onc has nothing scheduled that day! (YES! with wild arm pumping!)

I am once again calling my gyn office and telling her the story. She says she will get my file to the doc today so they can confir on the matter. I have not heard anything back yet. I was hoping to by the end of the day. Oh well, antother follow up call is going to be made Monday.

I did thank the first lady for her patience and help. I did this because I am thinking it will pay to stay in her good graces. But also because I am a nice person.
Unread 05-07-2004, 06:08 PM
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Hi Joyce,

This is what I was told and I truly believe it....If there is the slightest chance that cancer may be present, most definately have an oncologist/gynocologist do your surgery. They are the experts in the field and know exactly what to look for and how to handle the situation.

Being that you like your regular gyno also, why not have the oncologist/gyno do the surgery and your regular gyno observe.

Good luck and let us know how things go.

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Unread 05-07-2004, 06:51 PM
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A not uncommon practice is to actually have the gyn onc do the surgery, but have yoru regular gyn do the follow-up care if you are cancer fee, or cancer contained!

Gyn onc's are the specialist in doing the "picking" at your insides required to get all of the cancer and/or do a proper staging

I'd schedule with the gyn onc and invite my gyn to assist

Unread 05-07-2004, 08:08 PM
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I totally agree with Dorrie. I did just that...I even had to wait 2 weeks for my surgery since the gyn/onc was out of town. I was lucky, though, since by regular gyn often works with this gyn/onc on cases of suspected cancer. She did think that the TAH/BSO with staging was "overkill" but she totally let me make the call. I, personally, am glad I did. As I said, if cancer is suspected I would go with the gyn/onc.
Unread 05-07-2004, 10:03 PM
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As far as your run around with the offices, like the one said you shouldn't be responsible for that. The schedulers at each office confer with one another to find a date that is good for the two of them. (At least that is what My gyn/onc and urologist did) -- (I had a recurrance and the gyn/onc wanted to make sure that my ureters were protected-the reason for the urologist)

Good luck with the surgery hope everything goes well
Unread 05-08-2004, 04:24 PM
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Since the gyn/onc is willing to be present (and scrubbed, I hope), please take her up on the offer.

In my case, I had already been diagnosed with endometrial cancer from a hysteroscopy performed by my regular gyn. She recommended a gyn/onc for my surgery since they are the experts at lymph node removal, should it be necessary. When I met with the gyn/onc surgeon before surgery, he said he would take a look at the uterus and decide then whether or not to sample some lymph nodes. Apparently there was one section of the uterus that he was not happy with, so he did take out several lymph nodes for biopsy. (I was glad that he was there with the expert eyes and brain!!).

It all turned out well for me -- the cancer (Ia1) was contained, and all nodes, etc. were negative! Just having an expert gyn/onc there made me feel so much more comfortable prior to surgery.

I hope the best for you and your surgery and that you have NO CANCER at all!!

s and prayers for you,
Unread 05-08-2004, 10:11 PM
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My advice as a breast cancer survivor is to have the gyn/onc there. No matter what the outcome( but especially if any small amount of cancer is found) a LOT of people when all treatment, surgery etc is over and you are told you are OK, when you go home you begin to second guess your decisions. I think it really sets in after all the DR appointments are over and done and you have time on your hands.
In fact I am doing the same thing you are, but I had a abnormal PAP with glandular cells. Good luck !
Unread 05-10-2004, 06:40 AM
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I responded to this post earlier, but I have another two cents to add! My gyn's office did all the calling, scheduling, insurance-checking, etc. involved with the gyn/onc so all I had to do was show up for the appointment! It made a very difficult time much, much easier and for that I will be forever grateful to my gyn. The gyn/onc was 75 miles away so she did the surgery herself. I had no problems at all! Went back to work full-time at 6 weeks, am in the middle of preventative radiation, and feel wondeful. I get fatigued at times and take a nap or just veg out. But I'm sure the ease I had with my surgery and recuperation was due in large part to having the gyn/onc do the surgery. Please consider having the gyn/onc do the surgery as others have suggested and have the gyn assist! Whatever you decide, best of luck!! Carol
Unread 05-10-2004, 09:48 AM
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I had both my gyn and gyn-onc do my hyst. They gyn-onc was the one who suggested that. The gyn-onc is at a cancer center in a city about an hour away, but he comes to my town one day a week. Since my gyn was doing the follow-up, we did the surgery in his home court, gyn did hyst w/ gyn-onc assisting, and gyn-onc did node disection and cavity wash w/ gyn assisting. I felt better with the gyn-onc there, since my gyn didn't see cancer with hysteroscopy, but it turned up on the lab sample from my D&C.

Definitely have the gyn-onc there.

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