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Unread 10-17-2004, 10:54 AM
Changing Doctors...

Has anyone changed doctors mid-treatment? How has this worked out for you? Thanks!

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Unread 10-17-2004, 11:41 AM
Changed, but not mid treatment

I wanted to change doctors during the middle of my post-surgery chemo, but at that time the clinic was one short and the new one who came on board was more into hematology. I felt continuity of care was important, so I did not make the switch until after I had finished those first 6 treatments and had a clean CT scan. In retrospect, in one way I made the right decision, but overall, I'd say I should have changed sooner. There was a major, major personality conflict between us and I was actually afraid of that doctor. I think you need to evaluate why you want to switch--look at the pros and cons--and if you feel switching would be better for you emotionally or treatment wise, then make the change.
Unread 10-17-2004, 12:09 PM
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Hi Krystle,

I did not have the need to change doctors mid stream but I certainly would have if it was not working out between us.

You need to have trust, faith, and confidence in your medical professional and he or she needs to be able to relate to you, your needs, and your concerns.

Go with your heart.

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Unread 10-17-2004, 12:49 PM
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I'll tell you what....if you are uncomfortable....switch !!

What many Dr's forget is THEY WORK FOR US !!! The Dr. is YOUR employee. You, and your insurance company write the paycheck each time you see him/her. You are PAYING for the knowledge, time and expertise they offer. They are not gods, just people with more specialized education than you have. That's all.

If you are uneasy or, heaven forbid, afraid certainly seek another doctor. It's just like not getting the service you deserve at a store, restaurant, beauty salon or elsewhere....if those establishments don't meet your find another that WILL !!!
Unread 10-17-2004, 01:32 PM
Changing Doctors...

Thanks ladies! Knew I could count on you! It is just with what they want to do as far as treatment is concerned & what they can tell me about the results...I just don't know if the benefits of the treatment out weighs the side effects. I feel really, really strongly about the whole hair loss issue. I will be that person who does not go out for as long as I don't have hair. I know me & I know I can not deal with getting the "look" from people in the stores, church etc. There must be another way, I just need to find it.

Unread 10-17-2004, 04:57 PM
I'm giving mine

one more chance on Nov 4th. He is the best there is and I trust his surgical expertise but I just can't communicate with him. Everything is pooh-poohed with him. I have to ask all the questions and do all the research before he gives me any answers. He can't explain my pains and makes me feel like I'm a complaining, whiny woman. I really dread going back there, but I need to give him one more shot...part of me wants to keep him in case (God forbid) the cancer returns but another part wants someone that Ican talk to without feeling like I'm crazy. I don't know any other oncologist since my gyno referred me to this one. I did call my gyno this week asking for names but he suggested I give him one more try...he said maybe I wasn't telling him how serious the pains were. If after this next appt I wasn't satisfied he would give me names of others who weren't as good. Do I want someone that's the best or someone who listens and speaks to me. When I had to start chemo he just told me "You start chemo on such and such a day" no explanations, no side effects -I had to ask, then he rolled off all sorts of effects (some permanent) like leukemia, kidney failure, liver damage, low immune system I refused. He just shrugged and said "OK". So was the chemo so important if he shrugged it away? Anyways I think it's a hard decision for me, but I want a doctor who will listen and talk to me. I had t ask for a PET scan, I have to ask for the CA125's, I have to ask for estrogen, what's he there for?
Unread 10-17-2004, 05:39 PM
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Hi Maxime,

Is it hard to change doctors in Canada with your health care system?

If not, I would be out of there soo fast that that doctor would not know what happened.

No doctor has the right to treat his patients like that.

Be Strong and find someone who will be on your side.

Unread 10-17-2004, 06:03 PM
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Unread 10-17-2004, 06:06 PM
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I have to agree with Rosalie, I too would be out of there. As a matter of fact I did so this week, well sort of, I am seeing someone still in the same practice but if the next appt. is the same old, I will be out of there for good!

Unread 10-18-2004, 07:46 PM
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s Krystal

I have been on vacation and am late coming to your postings.
I sincerely hope that you decide to get the recommended chemotherapy. Clear cell is a particularly agressive form of ovarian cancer. Surely you want to give yourself the best chance at winning this battle even with your early stage.
None of us liked the thought of being bald!! But it was worth being bald to have our best shot at staying alive.
I found that my grief over lossing my hair ended once my hair was gone. And I believe many here share my feeling.
Since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I find that many of my decisions are based upon what I will regret the least in the future.
Best wishes.

oxoxoxox karenann

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