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oncologist was posted 05/31/1999 04:54 pm by t.r.
E-mail Address: ednorton@seanet.com

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Sounds very bizarre to me that the GI doctor would try to keep your mom away from the oncologist. My mom's first doctor was the GP -- then she went directly to a surgeon, as we briefly had hope she was operable -- the surgeon at least did a biliary bypass to relieve her jaundice -- THEN we saw an oncologist. Mom was already pretty much opposed to chemotherapy, and to our surprise, the oncologist did not disagree with her. He said it was certainly an option if she wanted it, but if she did not, her stage of disease did not seem to him to be particularly chemo-treatable. He also was not very helpful with her primary symptom, weight loss. HOWEVER -- he WAS very helpful in terms of EXPERT pain/symptom relief advice. For that alone, we continued to see him every four-six weeks for several months. Oncologists are for treating cancer PATIENTS, not just for treating the CANCER, and I would suggest that you tell the GI doctor, excuse me, your mom has cancer and you would like to see an onc. Especially if she is not necessarily getting adequate pain relief yet. They also know all about nausea relief -- which may be necessary for your mom eventually. And who knows -- depending on where you're at and what your onc knows about PC -- he may surprise you with some treatment suggestions. NO ONE can "push" chemo on you; if your mom doesn't want it, that's her prerogative, and your support is terrific. But there's no reason to avoid an onc just because he "might" suggest otherwise. They're the cancer experts, even if you're not getting conventional treatment. (We also consulted a naturopathic cancer specialist, which may not be an option in some areas; we are in the Pacific NW fwiw.) Good luck .... t.r., daughter of Judi, 62, dx 10/6/98 inoperable with liver mets, inpatient hospice since 5/3/99 and amazingly clinging to life breath by breath ...

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