A Visit with my Oncologist
Thursday, February 07, 2013
You know, it's not really a desirable thing to have an oncologist. I was just thinking about that. I like my oncologist very much - she is a genuinely nice person, she treats me with respect rather than patronizing me, and she is a great believer in diet and exercise as helps with cancer treatment, to say nothing of the fact that she is knowledgeable about all sorts of alternative remedies/ways to alleviate the devastation chemo causes. I always benefit from talking with her, and she always answers my questions. I like her orders of magnitude better than I like my primary-care doctor.
But, still...I really wish I didn't have an oncologist! I wish I had never had cancer. I wish I still had breasts. But, life isn't fair.
With that said, today's was a good appointment. I have been having some weird stomach pain that has concerned me. I had a CT scan (which I devoutly hope I will never have to have again - the contrast they make you drink is totally disgusting, and I nearly threw it up twice), and it shows no recurrence of cancer. YEAH!
Otoh, she thinks that my stomach pain must be digestive in origin and wants me to see if it occurs in conjunction with eating certain foods. In particular, gluten and dairy products are often culprits. (I can't imagine how she knew my favorite things!) If I can't pinpoint dietary culprits, the next step would be to see a gastroenterologist. Oh, and she wants me to have a colonoscopy. Yeah, right. That one is a hard sell with me. I think I'd rather drink a couple of gallons of contrast first.
So, all in all, a pretty good visit - but with a sour note at the end. Now I need to do some dietary detective work...not quite sure how to start.