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Where do I go to find out the competency of my surgeon? I really like him and other professionals like him. He's been doing this for 30 years...surgery is Wednesday.

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Étude du cancer du sein plus de 7 ans
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Depending on the type of surgeon he is there is sites on line to check if he is board certified. For Ob/gyns it's called the american college of Gynecologist The plastic surgeons I think is called the association of plastic surgeons. Usually their is a link that you can put in your doctors name and if they are board certified it'll show their credentials and their specialty. You could also check with your states regulatory agency or the american medical association. My doctor friends always tell me that it is okay to ask the surgeon directly how many surgeries of this kind have they done. What is their success rate and what kind of complications have they dealt with.
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    • Carla Victor-rawson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      thank you so much for answering so quickly, as my surgery is this Wednesday, I'm really scared. He wants me to have a lumpectomy...like you he said if he cant get clear margins or the path report comes back with cells in the nodes he would also...

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      thank you so much for answering so quickly, as my surgery is this Wednesday, I'm really scared. He wants me to have a lumpectomy...like you he said if he cant get clear margins or the path report comes back with cells in the nodes he would also do a mastectomy. As of now I will need 35 rad treatments and Tomoxafin x 5 years recommended to me by my Primary Care Physician, who also got his name from other physicians and hes a general surgeon who's been doing Breast Cancer surgeries for over 30 years and has excellent reviews, not only from patients but from other doctors.How do I find out his hospital rating ? I also forgot to ask him about the complications and success rate.....I guess I may have have loss a bit of gray matter when I was told I have Breast Cancer :-( It's so wonderful I have all of you to lean on, or I would not have come up with all these questions that need to be answered and emotional support.Thank you...Carla

      Your in my prayers as well (( hugs ))

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Carla, I'm not sure how you find your doctors hospital rating and not really sure how that rating would ease your mind. As Jo said its always good getting good reviews from other doctors and 30 years of experience is also a good thing. My...

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      Carla, I'm not sure how you find your doctors hospital rating and not really sure how that rating would ease your mind. As Jo said its always good getting good reviews from other doctors and 30 years of experience is also a good thing. My surgeon had me see a breast cancer specialist for a second opinion. She gave me other options but I wasn't comfortable with and went with my original surgeon, a certified plastic surgeon that also was a general surgeon , here is a link to my story of my personal experience with breast cancer http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj/your questions and your fears are all normal feelings that we all have gone through. Hoping we are making the best decision that will give us the best results. It is all overwhelming no matter how knowledgeable and prepared we are for the procedure. I don't know how many times I called my doctors office and asked questions. Don't be afraid to call your doctor talk to his nurse tell her your concerns. For me I chose to have bilateral mastectomies so I wouldn't have to have radiation. Have to tell you thmy surgery day I was very calm and relaxed not scared at all after months of debating with myself if I was making the right decision. I was finally being proactive and moving on. Know that you are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even though are journeys maybe a little different we are here for you. Hugs

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    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Dept of health website under licenses. There you can see if he has any disciplinary actions against him etc. or if you google his name many opinions may pop up. But like everyone else says if you have bad feelings about him change doctors. Some surgeons have a god complex. That doesn't make them bad just full of themselves. It's more important in my opinion to have a better personal relationship with your oncologist. Just make sure your surgeon is competent and has a good track record.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I think you found your surgeon. God Bless you journey.
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Unless you have a reason for misgivings about his competence sometimes you just have to trust other professionals that have recommended him. You can google his name and doctor's site often come up with their professional credentials on it. My hospital's site gave me info on my surgeon. My primary physician referred me to him because he had done his wife's s lumpectomy and our situation was very similar. It was only after my surgery that I heard much praise from several local doctor's and women who had him as their surgeon. He was an oncological surgeon but had done breast surgery for 15 years. I wish I could calm your fears but it is sooo natural. I hope your surgeon gave you some direction on what your best options are for you. For some women they just want one or both breast gone. I asked my surgeon If i were his wife what would he do and he covered his face with both hands and said don't ask me that. She's so afraid of cancer she told him if he found one cancer cell she wanted a double mastectomy and he told her he would never do that. So you see, even doctor's struggle with their own spouses in these situations. I was to have a lumpectomy but woke up with a partial mastectomy. I have a moderated sized breast and because of the location of the tumor he took a liitle more than we had planned but all my margins and nodes were clear and I just have one breast a little perkier than the other. But that's ok I can still wear a regular bra with a pushup pad. But that didn't enter into my decision. I wanted to keep my breast if I could keep the nipple and areola. If not I told him to take it . I lost the bottom 3rd of the breast but it really didn't look bad. That's my story. I would have just as easily done the mastectomy if that had meant a better outcome for me but I didn't have to go that far. You have to weigh the treatment options that you feel you can be comfortable with. I could not find a reason I was comfortable with to go with the mastectomy. I didn't fear the radiation even when I thought I was going to have 30 instead of 16 rad treatments. If you go lumpectomy you get the radiation. I didn't know about chemo until after the turmor path came back to determine the recurrence rate. So you see you will still have to wait on some things even after the surgery. Please take a breath and choose what you want . My husband helped me tremendously by telling me he just wanted me well and not to have to go through more than I felt was necessary. I asked my surgeon how was I going to make a decision when I just couldn't see the best way. He said,"If i do the lumpectomy and you don't get good margins and clear nodes I can go back in 4 days and do the mastectomy. If i do the mastectomy and all your magins are good and there are no positive nodes I can't put the breast back. Nuf said, I wentwith the lumpectomy. That's me. You'll find what you need to do based on your cancer type, location, and grade. Those were my deciding factors. Let me know what you do. I know it will be right for you. God Bless and sending peace your way tonight. :-D Jo
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    • Carla Victor-rawson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      thank you for being so king with your honest answer....I must be honest....I wanted to Mastectomy, bit it was the reconstruction that may have frightened me more...although fear of Cancer coming back is even more frightening....so Lumpectomy it...

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      thank you for being so king with your honest answer....I must be honest....I wanted to Mastectomy, bit it was the reconstruction that may have frightened me more...although fear of Cancer coming back is even more frightening....so Lumpectomy it is...as this was the entire teams choice of treatment. However, doctor did say it is up to me., But I stated to waffle with my decision:-( so he called, and said lets just get the disease out as we waited around 4 weeks since diagnosis..we were waiting for the BRACA to come back ( 3 weeks ) then I had to make the decision om what to do...Boy has my life changed as have all our lives. So I have to agree...I can't take a few more months to decide...I guess the path report will tell us all I need to know.

      You too are in my prayers,

      Carla

      (( Hugs ))

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