Kbee816 wrote:My local oncologist said drs are sometimes more willing to treat/do surgery if they meet you in person and see that you are in good health.
I definitely believe this. The demand from patients to see Dr. Kemeny is intense. Perhaps the gatekeepers (if you will) are trying to winnow the cases down to the ones that have the highest probability of success. But it's hard as patients to be reduced to a diagnosis. I know, on paper, my wife's situation might have been considered too difficult to bother. Thankfully, though, we were able to see Dr. Kemeny in person. It's very likely that my wife's relatively young age, and her overall good physical condition otherwise, may have tipped the scales in her favor to receive treatment. So I always encourage patients who are in good shape to consult in person whenever possible, even if they've been turned away initally based on medical records. That has to help doctors determine if you can physically tolerate the treatment.
As has been noted here frequently, do not expect much face time with Dr. Kemeny once you become a patient. But all really all that matters now, is that you can become a patient. Wish you all the luck!