jmn wrote:My GI doctor schedules my CT scans—quicker and much easier than working directly as an outpatient with my local hospital or with a free-standing imaging center.
MeAndMine wrote:They said once I get the CT scan done, I will have an appointment back with the GI who did the colonoscopy & he will go over all of the results & tell me who to go to next. I know he mentioned chemo, radiation & surgery but since it's in the rectum, you don't usually do surgery first, is that right? Pretty sure if I'm able to get surgery it will be an automatic permanent colostomy from where the tumor is located. I believe they said the stalk was touching an internal hemorrhoid so it's pretty far down.
MeAndMine wrote:I had been trying to go through names on my plan to find a board certified colo-rectal surgeon but maybe I need to be looking at oncologists first? I did try to look at the names but some say medical oncologist or just oncologist. I think I need a radiation oncologist maybe? These will be the first opinion doctors I think. I know we need to get second opinions. I'm not going to be able to go to a cancer center with my insurance so I will have to decide what to do about that.
I am surprised that someone mentioned at CT *without* contrast. Normally, I'd expect a thoracic, pelvic, and abdominal scan with contrast for a CRC patient, and typically with both injected and swallowed contrasts.
It would be helpful if you would give us some idea of where you are located and what your insurance is if that is going to be an issue in finding the right place to get care. Your doctors should work as a team, ideally.
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