I have a question. I went for my 1st mammogram on 4/1 and I received the results via email on 4/3. I haven't heard ANYTHING from my primary care dr (EVEN TO THIS DY) concerning wht was found or anything else for tht matter even though it was her who gave me the Rx to have it taken!! All of my communications(if u can even call it tht have been through the office even though i asked for HER to contact me).I find it VERY disheartening tht she hasn't even attempted to reach out to me. I scheduled… read more
I am not sure if I responded to this question, but I will answer the same. way. You should definitely reach out for author surgeon, perhaps from searching from on-line or from I had a breast surgeon that was so busy that I had to reach out to another surgeon that my oncologist recommended, and she fit me in in three days for my surgery. My PCP said that she had heard that she didn't have a great bedside manner, but this was not the case with her at all. My husband and I were very impressed that she was very nice and had reviewed my history, scans, and pathology (triple negative breast cancer preparation) even though she had squeezed me into her schedule. We were very happy with her. She came in to see me post-op and was very pleasant. She reviewed her plan for pain control for after I left the hospital and answered my questions. I guess my point is that you need someone that will take care of you and your questions. A lot of people say that your surgeon can have a terrible bedside manner as long as he/she is a good surgeon, and there is maybe some truth in this, but in the case of breast cancer, I think that a surgeon's bedside manner and care about your health status is particularly important.
Where do you live? I live in a suburb of Philly so if by any chance you live near in this area, I can give you the names of my caner team.
You need to know what the schedule and plan is, and this involves input your breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, and oncologist working together. Your PCP should be involved in this to help you with setting up breast cancer surgeons.
I hope that you communicate your concerns to your current surgeon and ask about either more information and/or obtaining a second opinion.
I wish you the best.
I would look for a PCP that cares; cancer is something that at least deserved a phone call . If positive, I hope you find a good team- it makes a big difference. Be blessef
I completely agree with Margie. You are not being too sensitive. This communication should have come from your physician, and unless there was a serious extenuating circumstance, she should have called you to review the results. If there was something concerning, she should have scheduled you for a follow-up appointment to discuss your options. Many physicians are very busy, but the good ones find the time. I am a retired physician, and I have had two cancers in my life, so I know a little about this.
I would call one more time, and if you don't hear back, ask your PCP for another recommendation. Please let me know how it goes.
Hoping the best for you.
I would find a new doctor. If you needed a follow-up or if something irregular was found, you should have heard it from her. I understand that perhaps she's busy, but she should never be too busy to reach out to a parient who has had an abnormal test or mammo. This type of news should be given by the doctor, not a piece of paper. Any referrals and follow-ups should be discussed with you and her office should assist you. Most importantly, your doctor should be a partner in your treatment.
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