"I Need Thee"
My husband was first diagnosed back in 2001 with Stage 4 RCC. Within two days he had an emergency nephrectomy and for the next five years of continuous scans, ultrasounds and MRI's, we were always told that the cancer would not reappear.
My only regret now, is that I was not more frugal in searching everything I could get my hands on via the internet with regards to RCC during those five years. I must have been so naive to always take those test results so casually and most of all to always accept what the doctors always told my husband and I..."your cancer will NOT come back"!
Looking back now, it was just plain stupidity on my part...I didn't even know what an "oncologist" was during those five years....why? because we never were referred to one!!! Anyone of you who are affected by cancer and read that last statement, will most definitely shake their heads. Can't say that I blame you, so that's why I'm writing today's post.
Please ensure that if you have been diagnosed with cancer of any type, that you have been diagnosed by an oncologist who is experienced with cancer. Even more so, once your particular type of cancer has been identified, then you should "insist" that you be referred to a cancer specialist who practices most specifically in your type of cancer. These are the experts who know what's happening with regards to latest treatments and medical expertise. Some oncologists will look further to find more information on their patient's type of cancer, but just in case your present oncologist prefers not to, then by all means, take your health in your own hands and find that expert!