- He believes they shouldn't begin radiation or chemo until my surgery has healed and that will take 3 more weeks in his mind. (My oncologist had said we should start the first week of December)
- He said if this were his wife he would certainly get an second opinion because this type of cancer is so rare, and he believes I should start with seeing another gynecology oncologist. (He said he'd go to MD Anderson because they've been doing gynecology oncology the longest [along with NY], but that he would trust my oncologist to know the most recent information. My oncologist said to go to UAMS in Little Rock or OU Cancer Treatment Center in Oklahoma City.)
- He believes I should not take birth control as glandular cancer is a hormonal cancer. (My oncologist said better to stay on than risk pregnancy)
- He thinks chemo with radiation is the best treatment for success because chemo will get any wayward cancer cells that might not have been actively multiplying DNA at the time of the PET scan. He also said that success rates increased 25-30% with patients when they began doing chemo and radiation together. (This was my oncologist recommendation.)
- He also said that after everyone's opinion it often comes down to our intuition on what we believe sounds the best for us and our situation.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today I met with my Gynecologist, the one who found and removed the lesion three weeks ago. I wanted to meet with him as an unbiased advisor now that we have the full results of this cancer. Although he acknowledged that he isn't as close to this field as he used to be he gave me some very good questions to ask the radiology and medical oncologists. My questions will stem from his opinions below.