I am from Canada currently living in Newfoundland.
Sorry to hear Jen, when it comes to diagnosis, MRI would be good idea, to get proper staging.
Surgeon is the one that initiate whole process. Onco comes once surgeon decide to proceed with chemo, and if radiation is involved, then they make combined decision(surgeon, oncologist and radiologist), which way to proceed. Surgeon is the one with most say in the whole process.
Good luck to you!
you just KNEW there had to be at least ONE !!!!
CRguy's rules for dealing with specialists :
1. never take surgery advice from an oncologist
2. never take oncology advice from a radiologist
3. never take radiology advice from a surgeon
if you get my drift
Yes, one primary Doc will take the lead initially, and while all SHOULD be in the loop .... see the above "rules".
Sometimes, once a biopsy has been done, by the surgeon ... things move to neoadjuvant chemoradiation before full resection... (= my situation)
Sometimes chemoradiation is enough, BUTT close surveillance afterwards is required.... (= watch and wait)
Sometimes chemo is required first to get a patient to a resectable state with surgery.... (="downstaging")
Sometimes surgery is enough ... BUTT close surveillance afterwards is required ... (=also a watch and wait scenario)
The only rule in dealing with cancer is : cancer doesn't play by the rules
BE as aggressive and proactive as you can
keep us in the loop and we will help with any info we can
One step ahead of the other ...
breathe in ... breathe out
repeat as needed until you get the answers you need and the treatments you need
Hoping for good feedback from your doc visit tomorrow Jen43
Harmony on the journey
Cheers from the west coast out to the Rock !