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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.
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    That's great about the clear result! And my sympathies on contemplating the gluten/dairy free possibility. When my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD I thought about it. I still may. It's just a tall order. Never had to face a colonoscopy, though. Good luck on that!
    1956 days ago
    That's great news that your test came back clear! Good luck with dairy and gluten elimination. That would be a huge challenge for anyone! I know someone who got off dairy and it made vast improvements in her health. I tried to eliminate it temporarily but couldn't do it because I am way too addicted to cheese. With gluten elimination, it might not be so bad. I tried some gluten free bread at Costco a couple weeks ago and it was excellent. You couldn't tell that it was missing anything and in fact, I thought it was BETTER than most bread.

    Good luck with the colonoscopy. And I hate to break it to you, but you have to drink a couple of gallons of some really nasty stuff that cleans you out before you have one of those too. Sometimes I think the processes for these medical tests must be dreamt up in Helga's House of Horror or something. Most seem downright barbaric to me. On a bright note, glad you at least have a doctor you like and trust. emoticon
    1957 days ago
  • *MAMA*2*BOYS*
    emoticon and emoticon on being cancer free! Good luck figuring out what is going on with the stomach pain. I was recently having this weird, sore feeling in my upper abdominal region and it went away when I started taking acidophilus pills (after reading a post from another Sparker who mentioned symptoms of having an overgrowth of yeast in your digestive tract). Just thought I'd throw that out there, just in case you want to look up the symptoms and see if that may be your problem.
    1957 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    visualize the treatments conquering your tumor and wishing you the best - you are a survivor.
    hope your appetitie improves, don't eliminate too many things at once
    1957 days ago
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