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Unread 02-18-2003, 06:41 PM
GYN-ONCON & GYN - roles they play

Have 2 appt's on Thursday, the 20th. One in AM with gyn-oncon. and one in pm with gyn. Both new doctors. How do you coordiate the 2? What questions do I need to ask the oncologist? I assume that my new gyn will do surgery. Has anyone else had both dr's and what roles did they play?
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Unread 02-18-2003, 07:26 PM
GYN-ONCON & GYN - roles they play

s gucu

Gyn oncologists are usually surgeons. You don't mention your possible type of gyn cancer, but having the gyn oncologist perform your surgery might be an excellent idea. They are the experts with special training in gyn cancers.
Some gyn oncology surgeons also prescribe and administer chemotherapy. Others refer their patients to an oncologist for treatment after surgery.
Here's how it works for me. A gyn oncologist did my surgery. She then turned me over to an oncologist who specializes in ovarian cancer for my chemotherapy. I completed chemo and am now followed by both doctors. I am seen every three months and rotate back and forth between the two docs.
For the rest of my life, my gyn oncology surgeon will function as my gyn doc. I will no longer be seen by a gyn/ob doc.
Hope that helps.
Best wishes to you. Please tell us more about yourself.

Unread 02-18-2003, 07:52 PM
GYN-ONCON & GYN - roles they play

Hi Gucu,

I don't see a regular GYN dr either. I'll be followed by the Gyn/Onc dr who did my surgery for as long as he stays in practice.

Wishing you good luck with your upcoming appt's. Let us know how you make out.

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Unread 02-19-2003, 12:16 PM
GYN-ONCON & GYN - roles they play

My gyn-onc was my primary surgeon with my gyn assisting. If I had opted to have my gyn do the surgery I'm not sure he had the skill to do the whole thing laproscopically (his comment not mine). My tough decision was whether to have my gyn-onc administer my chemo or to go with an oncologist. I decided to stick with my gyn-onc for the time being because I didn't know any other doc's and I wanted to get started with the treatment. I hope everything works out well for you.
Unread 02-20-2003, 06:49 AM
GYN-ONCON & GYN - roles they play

My gyn onc will continue to function as my primary doc for 3-5 years. My ob-gyn - with whom I had a long personal relationship and who delivered all 3 of my kids, provided emotional support. She visited me in the hospital and I've had occasional follow-up contact with her, but she defers all things medical to the gyn onc.


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