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I do not know my grade or stage yet. I assume I will get that information in 2 days when I see my surgeon. I do have a question: When you see the surgeon do you also see the oncologist or is that a different appointment?

Karen Milburn Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2B Patient almost 6 years
 
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    anonymous
    Stage 3C Patient
    I saw an oncologist after my surgery and after I got my surgeons pathology report. It is a separate appointment. The oncologist can't do anything until he/she has that information. I remember having that same question myself.
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Karen Milburn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Thank you!

      almost 6 years Flag
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I was referred to a surgeon first. She told me i had. triple negative BC, referred me for MRI and BRCA testing. She did"t tell me stage. My PC Dr. referred me to Oncologist. I will see next week.

      5 months Flag
  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    My PCP got me referrals for both after my biopsy. The way the appointments fell I saw the Oncologist 2 days prior to seeing the Surgeon. Both are on the tumor board that met 2 days post Onc. appt. and the day of Surgeon appt. My PCP wanted things to move fairly quickly and they did, those appts. were the week after the biopsy. I had already set up surgery when we decided to biopsy a 2nd area even though the 1st was +.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My surgeron gave me a referral to a medical oncologist and radiology oncologist. I consulted with 2 medical oncs and 3 rads oncs before I picked which one I wanted to work with. I also wanted two drs that worked well together.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Dawn Ferguson  Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I was told I had to wait until after my surgery
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • shelley marshall Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    My surgeon is the one who confirmed my cancer and connected me to nurse navigator and oncologist. I met with onc about a week after surgeon but in between I had my nurse navigator to explain the process to me. Ask about a nurse navigator program. They are awesome and I couldn't survive this without her!
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I reached out to the nurse navigator before my 1st biopsy as I felt she could answer questions I had that the people at the imaging clinic wouldn't be able to. She was supposed to be with me for the biopsy but she got sent out of town so sent the...

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      I reached out to the nurse navigator before my 1st biopsy as I felt she could answer questions I had that the people at the imaging clinic wouldn't be able to. She was supposed to be with me for the biopsy but she got sent out of town so sent the lung cancer navigator in her place. She was with me for my first few appointments and was there for my 2nd biopsy. The surgeon even invited her to observe my mastectomy something she had never done. She was with me for a time in the preop area, OR, and recovery room. She was going to go with me to my room and be with me for awhile but the surgeon sent her home before I went upstairs. I don't recall anything about the recovery area. Even though I moved away we still have contact through email and she's young enough to be my daughter.

      almost 6 years Flag
    • Karen Milburn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Thank you. I saw the surgeon today. I am going to a breast center. I had already had a diag mammo , ultra sound, then ultrasound core biopsy , the lump and an enlarge node came back positive. Lump is 3 centimeters and grade 2. Had exam and...

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      Thank you. I saw the surgeon today. I am going to a breast center. I had already had a diag mammo , ultra sound, then ultrasound core biopsy , the lump and an enlarge node came back positive. Lump is 3 centimeters and grade 2. Had exam and surgeon talked to me then oncologist. had ekg , chest xray, blood work and testing for the cancer gene. We decided chemo first then surgery . I wanted this so that I could tell if the chemo killed /shrinks the tumor, felt more comfortable that it worked on cells that may be outside the breast. Then decide the type of surgery , then radiation, is my understanding. Get mri on Friday and they are checking to see if insurance will pay for pet scan, if not then ct of chest , abdomen and pelvis. Doc says this could be used as a baseline. I am thinking they are checking to see if they can find anything that spread , but they did not say that. Get my port on Monday and see oncologist on Tuesday, Guess I will find out specifics on Tuesday.

      almost 6 years Flag
  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I belong to Kaiser - Doc doing biopsy told me it was cancer, next day nurse navigator called and confirmed it was cancer, next day she spent two hours explaining the cancer to us, next day did bone scan, Mugga, CAT scan, next day saw all three docs and they reviewed cancer and treatment plan. Then start chemo before surgery.... It was wonderful to have my nurse navigator explain everything and coordinate all the tests and visits.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • sharon s Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My order was a bit different. I got diagnosis and nurse navigator stepped in. Set me up for the appointments. Genetic testing. Surgeon oncologist then radiologist. I had body and brain scans the week of and after surgery. So at the follow up the team had a major plan We are now just working through the plan. The nurse navigators are the only people you can see through the whole experience. Best.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    It will depend on the place you go and insurance. If you do surgery first or chemo first. I did surgery first then a referral to oncologist. Ask questions slot of the process is not always explained they just think we know.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa G Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I was told to see the general surgeon 1st and to make an appointment with my onco post op. Either way, your care team will help you navigate through your process. We are here for you and very sorry you have joined our club.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Karen, I saw my surgeon two weeks after my surgical biopsy. She gave me the report. She had recommendations for a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. My hospital has a breast center with a social worker. She is the one who contacted the doctor's offices and made my appointments. Best of luck on your journey. This discussion board is a great resource.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag

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